Bump, set, kill. It is a simple formula that has worked over a thousand times, and propelled Roosevelt's Maggie DeJong to one of the best volleyball players in the history of South Dakota.
"To get over a thousand kills here at Roosevelt," Rough Riders Head Coach Holly Lynch said. "It is a huge mile stone that not many athletes reach in their career."
The reigning Gatorade Player of the Year led her Roosevelt squad to a state title last season, but the game wasn't always so easy for DeJong.
"I started in 7th grade and was not that good," DeJong said laughing. "But I kept practicing."
That practice has paid off. DeJong is playing volleyball at national powerhouse Louisville next season.
"She is just so smooth, she is flawless." Lynch said. "When you think about a middle she is quick, she's developed into a colligate athlete. As far as going into Louisville she could step on the court right away.
Just like in 7th grade though, DeJong needs to spend more hours practicing in the gym before she contribute at the next level.
"I need to pick it up a bit," The 6'0 senior said. "There is going to be bigger blocks and I have to hit around those. Got to be smart and play better."
This offseason DeJong plans on spending a lot of time in the gym, so she can be ready to wear that Louisville Cardinal Red, but DeJong still has a few more kills and hopefully a state title left in her Rough Riders Gold.