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By Derrick Smith

Athletes of all sports have to have a certain set of skills that help them to compete and be competitive. While each sport may require different skills, there is one common theme that goes through all sports. If you are not making yourself better, someone else is. 

Baylea Norris, a senior at Bixby High School, says that she knows what it takes in order to continue to grow as an athlete. “It takes constant dedication and a lot of practice,” she said. “It is a lot of hard work, but it is worth it.”

Norris enjoys the game of volleyball so much that she plays both beach volleyball and indoor volleyball. She plays for Club One Black for indoor and Code Blue for beach. Norris began playing when she was twelve years old and has played it since. 

Olympic medalist in volleyball, Kerri Walsh-Jennings is the athlete that Norris looks up to the most. “She is an amazing beach volleyball player,” she said. “Someday, I hope to be as good as she is.”

Norris has sat through many classes at Bixby and has been taught by many teachers. She says that one teacher has made the biggest impact on her life. “Mrs. Ward is by far the best teacher I have ever had,” she said. “I have learned more in her class than I have from any other teacher. She genuinely wants to help her students.”

There have been a lot of memories that Norris has made throughout her volleyball career, but a recent win for the Lady Spartans is at the top of her list. “Our varsity team at Bixby recently won our first tournament since 2008,” she said. “It was a great feeling to get the win.”

Bixby head volleyball coach, Zoe Kersey, says Norris is a dependable teammate and a strong competitor. “Anyone watching Baylea play sees her competitive nature and passion for the game,” she said. “Her leadership and level head earned her teammates votes for senior captain. She's a strong six-rotation player that is consistent and driven to win."

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