Volleyball star heading to Maritimes

According to her mother, volleyball is Kate Elliott’s sport. Which might explain why she was named the MVP for Muskie senior girls’ volleyball for 2003-04.
“Whether we were up on the scoreboard or down on the scoreboard, she excelled in every game,” said senior girls’ coach Char Bliss, who named Elliott co-captain of this year’s team along with Trish Smith.
“She was very good for talking to the girls, getting their heads in the game,” Bliss added.
After playing for the Muskies throughout high school, Elliott, who turns 18 in September, will leave for Acadia in the fall, where she hopes to make the Axewomen next season.
It was quite a scene in Dryden earlier this year when the senior girls’ squad lost the NorWOSSA final to the host Eagles. The girls, most of whom had been playing together since their time at Robert Moore School here, were visibly upset their season was over.
They had shared inside jokes and lively cheers all season, and capped things off by signing T-shirts for each other and having a group sing-a-long on the bus ride home.
“Volleyball is definitely Kate’s thing. She just absolutely loves it,” said her mom, Jane. “[Acadia is] a big jump, but it’s her dream anyway. She just had a hankering to go to the East Coast or the West Coast.
“She’ll grow up fast anyhow. She’s ready to have another adventure.”
This past season, the Acadia women’s volleyball team lost in the Atlantic University Sport final to the St. Mary’s Huskies.
At Acadia, Elliott is planning to take a B.A. in history, though her mother said she also is strong in science and math.
Elliott even earned her 40 volunteer hours needed to graduate from high school through coaching younger volleyball teams. She also has earned her Level I coaching certificate through the Ontario Volleyball Association.
“It helped her develop a little more patience,” said Jane Elliott.
Bliss selected Elliott as this year’s MVP because of what she saw in every game.
“She’s very good at all the skills,” Bliss remarked. “She’s a consistent all-around player. On the scoreboard, she probably brought us the most points over the season.”
Elliott’s younger sister, Sandy, also is playing Muskie volleyball. She just finished her rookie year and will be a junior again next season. “I guess she’s interested because her older sister plays,” said Jane Elliott.
Emma, the youngest Elliott sister, plays all different sports, but not so much volleyball, her mom added.
Both of Elliott’s sisters played hockey this past year, too.