"I was confident in them that we could pull out a win and play hard all the way through and push," said Kaycee Kemp.
Victory has never tasted sweeter for Kaycee Kemp and the Mercy Warriors volleyball team. They are the cream of the crop in Division Six.
"It's amazing, I really wanted to come out here and do what I knew our team could do," added Kemp.
By defeating Liberty Christian in four sets on Saturday at Red Bluff high, Kemp and the Warriors claimed the school's first section title since 2002. They also got a little redemption after losing to Champion Christian in the same situation last season.
"Coming here last year was definitely disappointing, coming here and losing and so we were kind of hurt by that, but we had to come back and perservere and just redeem ourselves and win," said Kemp.
Kemp was outstanding throughout the match, delivering a game-high 45 assists. The output gave her a total of 581 on the season, good enough for seventh in the entire section.
"I love being the setter, I feel like I have a lot of control over the game and being able to touch the ball as many times as I do, I can choose who's playing well that day to give them the ball and to make smart decisions and give it to my smarter hitters who will put the ball down," said Kemp.
Off the court, Kemp also takes care of business, carrying a 4.0 GPA. She says she relies on her competitive nature to stay on top of her grades.
"I'm extremely competitive, that's why I like to play sports, and so I love to have the best test scores and beat everybody else for grades," said Kemp.
Next year Kemp is hoping to play volleyball at a 4-year university. Wherever she lands it's safe to say, her future is set up for success.
Kaycee Kemp is our Subway Scholar Athlete of the Week.