11/12: Senior Standout - Capital High School's Kasydi Lucas
Kasydi Lucas can look back over her four-year career and see how much she improved on the court.
"I strive for every practice to communicate on the floor," Lucas said, "giving it my all, bettering my teammates so we can get to state and win it."
The four-year team captain is not the only person with a first-hand look at the senior's transformation. First-year Bruins volleyball coach Rebecca Cleveland worked with her for three seasons as an assistant before taking over as varsity coach.
"She's a quick learner," Cleveland said. "She's gone from learning the fundamentals her freshman year to be very consistent on defense and one our go-to players on the back row."
Lucas' journey started out as a setter for the ninth-grade team. But as she rose through the team ranks, she switched to defensive specialist, a position completely different from the one she learned when she started at Capital.
"You go from getting every second ball to you don't know if the ball is coming to you," Lucas said. "You try to read it, but it's not always right. You just got to be ready for it."
Lucas hasn't walked her journey alone. She and fellow senior McKenna Pocha formed a strong bond through workouts, practices and games. During their free time, they go hiking, hunting and camping.
"She's really funny," Pocha said. "She's a really positive person. We've gotten to know each other more and it's really fun to see her grow too."
The Bruins fell short of the Class AA state title, but advancing to the state tournament was a huge plus for the seniors, like Lucas, who started on the freshman team four years ago.