All-time-kills record broken in volleyball

The Marlins’ volleyball team’s go-to player, senior Tiffany Barrett, broke the VWC all-time-kills record on Sept. 24 at Berry College in Mt. Berry, Georgia. Tiffany has played the outside hitter position for the VWC Marlins for four years.

The former record of 1,245 kills was set by our current assistant volleyball coach, Kala Herman, in 2012.  Barrett was very surprised that she broke Herman’s record.

“I did not know that I broke Coach Herman’s record until coach Hoover told me that night after the game,” Barrett said.

Teammate Maddy McMurry and Barrett have played on the VWC volleyball team together for all four years.

“Tiffany has been a leader by her positive personality and is our points leader.  She has always been a positive influence and encourages other players to work hard,” McMurry said.

Barrett said she loves the VWC community and the friendly atmosphere of a small private school. In addition to playing volleyball, she enjoys spending time with friends in the dorm, likes to sing and is a math major.

“I love the aggression and competitive aspects in practice and in games,” Barrett said.

Her love of the game gained recognition from her coaches.

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“Tiffany has been a starter since her freshman year and became our go to hitter in her sophomore year.  She had a phenomenal season last year and received an Honorable Mention All-American in 2015,” Hoover said.

“Tiffany loves the game of volleyball, more than many people. She puts her heart and soul in practice and all games. Tiffany is very quiet, very thoughtful of all of her teammates and is very good about keeping the team spirited,” Herman said

After hearing about Barrett breaking her own record, Herman was excited.

“I was overjoyed for her. Last year she was about 100 kills away from breaking the record and I knew she was going to work hard to accomplish this goal. She is a well-deserving player and I am honored that she took the cup from me.  It has been a great honor and pleasure to coach someone who played outside hitter as a freshman and watch her three years later break my record. I am proud of Tiffany and the great impact she has made on our volleyball program,” Herman said.

Hoover has watched Barrett become a team mentor because of her talent and abilities. Hoover is impressed with Barrett’s progress over the past four years.

Our volleyball program is indebted to Barrett’s records and performance on the floor over the past four years.

Patrick Suttle