Now in her 30th season, Parker Pheasants volleyball coach Jill Christensen still coaches like it's her first. It's that kind of passion and fire that has helped the state's all-time wins leader continue to, well win.
"It has been a tremendous ride but it's really all the kids," Christensen said. "They put in all the hard work to get me to this point."
This season, a sparking 32-0 record has run her total close to 700. While the number is important, it also gives the Pheasants a shot at a bigger goal; their first Class B State Title since 1990.
"It would mean the world to us," senior outside Jessica McKenney said. "This is what we have worked so hard for. This is our opportunity."
"We play as hard as we can," senior setter Amber Dysthe said. "Our motto is to play each point like it's our last and we take that to heart."
Led by a veteran core, including six seniors, Parker is making its fourth straight appearance in the state tournament. They'll need that experience if they hope to top a talented class. The 2012 bracket features an undefeated Warner team and last year's state runner-up team; the Arlington Cardinals.
"We have finished fourth and third the past few years, we're hoping to skip second and go right to first," junior libero Morgan Hay said.
"We are going to spread our wings and try to fly," Christensen said.
With this rare bird leading the way, they may just reach the top of the podium. In Parker, Dylan Scott KSFY Sports.