TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Leon senior Anna Cay Ford has a lot riding on her shoulders this season. She's playing number one doubles, and she's expected to lead her younger teammates.
"Kids regulate kids," said Leon head coach Kevin Record. "As long as Anna Cay is doing what she's doing, then we'll have a great season."
That's the plan for Anna Cay, as falling short in volleyball the past two seasons, has motivated her to go out with a bang this spring.
"The success from volleyball, like the mentality definitely helps," she said. "We know that we're considered underdogs to some people, so for our doubles matches, me and Jules are trying to win as many matches as possible."
Sounds like a recipe for success, and while she's figured it out on the courts, Anna Cay's figured it out in the classroom - she's never made a B her entire high school career.
"I didn't realize that until we were driving back from Orlando this weekend," laughed coach Record. "I knew she was a great student, but I didn't realize what a perfect student she was, so yeah, I'm blown away by that."
"I don't think senior year would be an excuse to make one, so I've just been keeping on making A's I guess!"
She's keeping on just fine - and that work ethic in the books, has carried over to the court.
"I've learned how to manage my time a lot doing all my homework, studying for tests, doing all my sports practices," said Anna Cay. "I know with the time I have, I have to put all my effort into that allotted time period."
"She's got a really bright future when she leaves Leon High School because she's been so busy and because she's demanded so much of herself," stated coach Record. "The real world won't hit her too hard in that regard."
But before the real world- leading Leon to a strong finish sounds pretty good.