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Q&A: Getting to know Reagan’s Maddie Correa

August 28, 2018

A year ago, Reagan sophomore libero Maddie Correa was the youngest player on a senior-laden squad that was No. 1 in several national rankings for much of the season.

The Rattlers lost to O’Connor in the Region IV-6A final, falling one win shy of a trip to the UIL state tournament in Garland. In the aftermath, coach Mike Carter — the program’s only coach — retired and 12 of the team’s 18 players graduated. Four of the players, including two-time Express-News player of the year Camryn Ennis, signed with Division I schools.

Correa talks about leadership, expectations and balancing athletics and academics:

E-N: In 2017, you were a freshman learning the ropes. Now, you’re called upon to provide guidance. How has the process gone?

“It’s definitely a little different because we’re such a young team. Last year, I just went with the flow and took advice from the seniors. Now, me and the other returners are the ones giving advice.”

E-N: A year ago, you played for Mike Carter, the area’s winningest high coach volleyball coach, who retired following the season. Rachel Torvik was hired as his successor. How is the transition going?

“It’s different because they have different approaches. Carter was more laid back and wanted you to figure it out. Coach Torvik is more hands-on.”

E-N: Reagan is one of those volleyball programs that annually has lofty expectations, no matter how many players are returning or graduated. With the changes the program has undergone since last year, how important was it for the team to win the North East tournament on Aug. 18 and finish third at Smithson Valley’s Texas Showdown last weekend?

“It was really good to get a few wins under our belts. It will be great for us as we go further in the season.”

E-N: You’re a varsity starter in volleyball, you are on the student council and you are a sophomore class officer. How do you balance your activities?

“It’s definitely difficult. Some days are a little harder than others. It’s something I look forward to. I want to be involved in more than just volleyball.”

E-N: Your mother is a school administration. Your father is an assistant volleyball coach at Reagan. What is that dynamic like in terms of having people to push you to be your best on and off the court?

“My parents are the two most important people in my life. They’re strict on my grades and that helps me stay on top of them. (In volleyball), they tell me, ‘You know what kind of volleyball player you are and if you’re satisfied with how you’re playing, that’s all they can ask’ of me.”

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