Goddard is off to a 9-1 start to the season with senior outside hitter Tarra Parks leading the way for the Lions. Parks is a returning all-league player who led Goddard in kills as a junior, as the Lions returned their entire varsity lineup from last season’s 24-17 team. Parks talks about Goddard’s fast start, her volleyball career, and her future in the sport.
How would you explain Goddard’s good start?
“I think it’s because everyone has played varsity volleyball before. There’s no new people that this is their first year, so we have really good team chemistry with everybody back. There’s no problems and everybody gets along. Everyone knows they have their spot and everyone knows where to be out there on the court.”
With Shelby Zoglman taking over, this is the third coach in four years for the seniors. How tough has that been?
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“We’ve kind of struggled adjusting to new coaches in the past with what they want and the new positions, but I think Coach Zoglman is really going to start a great program here at Goddard.”
How did you get started playing volleyball?
“I think I started at the Y when I was 6 or 7 because my friends wanted me to. My first team was actually with (Eisenhower senior) Ryleigh Jackson, so we’ve been friends for a really long time. After that, I started playing club and I’ve been playing ever since.”
You’re committed to Northwestern Oklahoma State, what makes that program the right fit for you?
“I just like the small-town atmosphere there. I like the distance from home, too. I’m actually going to redshirt next year, but I’m really excited. They’ve got a new coach there and I really like him so far. I’m excited about it.”