Essex Volleyball Team Honored at KMA Sports Hall of Fame
The Essex volleyball program owned the early 1990s in KMAland. The 1991 and 1992 squads qualified for the state tournament and combined for an incredible 68-2-4 record with their only two losses coming in the state semifinals.
“(They) worked extremely hard,” former Essex coach Angel Melendez said on behalf of the team. “Coaches say that all the time, and I think (assistant coach) Dan Cox can attest to it. We worked extremely hard every day. We never opened the doors to the gym to get fresh air. We would play in that hot, sweaty gym. We did that on purpose because the teams that came into play us, we never opened the doors for them either.”
KMA Sports Hall of Famer Brandy Ossian was a First Team All-State choice in both seasons while Andrea Melendez and Becki Boyington also received All-State notice.
“This group of ladies, especially in their senior year in 1992, we were the only team undefeated entering the state tournament that year,” Melendez added. “I want to say thank you to these young ladies for being great athletes and also for being super people. It takes chemistry, and for some reason, we had great chemistry between the players and the coaches and we were able to meet our goals.”
Article from KMAland.com