By Jeremy McDonald
TURNER, Ore.– It was a good learning year for Cascade’s Maddy Worst to break out of her shell as she signed her Letter of Intent to Chemeketa Community College for Volleyball.
Worst, the more quieter sister on the court this season for the Cougars alongside sophomore sister Brookelyn, stepped up her vocal leadership role game to go with her ‘leading by example’-approach on the court.
“Anyone can be a leader on the court and I think everyone did that, I’m not the one to talk out-loud,” starts Worst. “It was hard at the beginning but my team is my family so it came naturally to me.”
Worst, a Varsity player since her sophomore year under longtime Head Coach Cristina Williams, knew of the Storm through her older sister Kaelyn. Kaelyn graduated from Cascade in 2018 and just finished up playing her sophomore year at Chemeketa on November 12.
The Storm had recently gotten a new coach back in the Spring in Paul Carter, Carter taking over from Traci Stephenson who joined the Western Oregon University Volleyball staff at the time, and had went 13-25 and were three games out of fourth-place in the NWAC South Region.
And as Maddy put a ribbon on her Senior year at Cascade with an Oregon West Conference Second-Team All-League nod, the six-foot-two opposite hitter’s path with Carter was helped with Kaelyn as well as Recruitment Day where Maddy got to show off her talents to her future Head Coach.
That family feel she picked up through talking with coach, her sister and seeing it first-hand played a factor in her decision leading to Thursday’s lunchtime signing.
“Just the way that they are a family and how they connect with each other. Just how big they are on being a family and not having any drama or anything on the team and just connecting,” said Worst of the decision. “Improve how I play and maybe the way I think things. Staying positive through things, but I just want to help them.”
Maddy will get some hands-on experience with her coach this club volleyball season with the 18-1 Silverton Bearcats Volleyball Club Team ahead of the Storm season this next Fall.