Leon's Jordyn Goracke - WTXL Scholar Athlete of the Week

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Posted at 11:43 PM, Nov 15, 2017
and last updated 2018-02-15 06:23:27-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) - You can always count on Leon volleyball, making a deep run in the postseason. For the first time since 2011, this group will be playing for a State title.

"We're so thankful for the opportunity to move on, and we know everybody doesn't get to do that," said senior Jordyn Goracke.

After falling short the past two seasons, Goracke is extra thankful, and while this season has had it's challenges, she's handled it with grace and maturity.

"We don't know some reasons why some things are happening, but there is a feeling on this team that everything is happening for a reason," said head coach Angie Strickland.

"It's definitely been very different than any other season I've been apart of," agreed Goracke. "With all the adversity we've faced, I think this has been my favorite season so far."

A favorite season that could become even sweeter, and for Jordyn, there's still a lot of volleyball to be played. The setter is committed to Santa Fe College, and with a 4.0 GPA, she's got it all figured out.

"Athletics will only take you so far, academics are what really matters," she said. "It's easier for me to keep track of everything when there's a lot going on. Whenever I'm really plugged in and busy, that's when my grades are the highest."

Grades are high, and for Goracke, her expectations this season, even higher.

"She's the one that back in August believed we could get to the State Championship," said Strickland through tears. "That's the girl that texts me all the time, that's the girl that's in my office when we lose. That's the girl in my office when we win. That's the girl wanting to know more, wanting to do better, staying after."

"We would love to be able to do that," added Goracke. "Bring home another State title for our school, for Tallahassee, it'd be such an honor."

An honor Leon is three sets away from getting.