The Hurricane volleyball team might have been disappointed with its third-place finish, but thanks to their coach, the players are keeping it in perspective.
The Tigers visited Primary Children's Medical Center on Thursday afternoon in hopes of brightening the day of some sick children. The trip preceded the team's trip to the 3A volleyball tournament at UVSC's McKay Event Center and was kept secret by coach Daniel McKeehan Thursday.
"It was a good opportunity for us to get away from volleyball for a minute," the coach said. "I want them to understand the idea of service, and that in life, there are harder things than volleyball."
The girls delivered T-shirts to the hospital and said they felt good about the visit.
"It was really cool," said Tia Beatty, a senior opposite hitter. "Just to know the shirts we're giving them might help make them happier."
His players understood what he was trying to show them, despite the fact that they didn't get to hand out the shirts to individual children.
"It felt good to do it," said Brittany Campbell, a senior opposite hitter. "He wanted us to realize that no matter what happens in volleyball, there are things that are worse. That's life."
McKeehan said that a player and assistant coach have dealt with recent deaths in their families, and he wanted the players to remember to make time to help others.
"I think it was a positive for the girls," he said. "They got the feeling that they could help others. ... It was a great experience."
SOCCER SCHOLARS: Jordan goalkeeper Kristen Anderson committed to play for Weber State University next year. The honor student helped the Beetdiggers to the quarterfinals and is also a contributing member of the basketball team. Her teammate Haley Hansen committed to play for Dixie State College.
HOOPS COMMITMENT: Skyline basketball standout and two-time all-state selection Jenteal Jackson gave a verbal commitment to BYU. The point guard, who was the 2005-06 MVP, averaged 11.4 points per game last season in helping the Eagles to another region title.
Jackson joins her teammate Danielle Peterson in committing to BYU's basketball program.BASEBALL COMMITTMENT: Judge Memorial senior Joe Pond has verbally committed to play baseball at the University of Utah, and he'll be signing a letter of intent in November. Judge coach Jeff Myaer believes Pond might be the first Judge player in school history to play Division I football.