LYNN HAVEN, FL (WJHG/WECP) The Mosley volleyball team is set to take on Bishop Kenny in the 6A Region Finals Tuesday night, and the team hit the road for that match Monday.
Coach Mask and her team getting a nice sendoff from many in the student body, who were back at school Monday, along with many teachers and faculty.
Coach Mask taking the team over a day early to allow the players to focus strictly on this huge match, and to get away from all the distractions they must deal with here at home.
"This team's been through so much." Mask told me before heading out herself. "Last year we went through struggles with my family, and even today we're still going through some personal struggles. And of course we've got the hurricane and some of my kids don't have houses and aren't living at home, and don't have a place to practice. And to be able to go out and compete today, it's pretty special. You know I would say volleyball has kind of been our sanctuary. It's the place we've been able to go to kind of forget about the things going on around us. So many things are going that's hard on the kids, hard on the faculty, it's hard on our community. So we're hoping that we'll be able to be that center of hope for everybody and we're able to come back with a win tomorrow night."
The coach making reference to her family struggles, her son Dalton diagnosed with brain cancer this time last year. As it happens, Dalton heading to Shands Hospital in Gainesville Monday for his final chemotherapy session. The plan is for the bus to scoop the coach from Gainesville Monday evening, then finish the trip into Jacksonville.
All in all, so much stacked against the Dolphins, as they prepare to face a team that has eliminated them from the playoffs in three of the last four years, and is a volleyball powerhouse.
"We're just hoping that we've got the extra something this year, we think we do." coach Mask says. "These girls are playing for so much more than just themselves. They're playing for their school, they're playing for their community, for their county. And I think that's going to bring a lot to the table tomorrow night."