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Taylor Case

Created: 11/06/2013 6:37 PM KSTP.com

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- As an eighth grader on the Fillmore Central volleyball team, Taylor Case had one goal in mind.

"I was expecting to fit in," Case said.

Now a senior, those goals have changed.

"It's been our goal to make it to state and now we're finally here. It's just an incredible feeling," Case said.

Last weekend, Case had 20 kills and 25 digs in the Section 1A title game, helping her team become the first one in Fillmore Central history to advance to the state tournament.

"It's an incredible feeling," said Taylor Case. 

"It's a great accomplishment, it's just been wonderful.  The team has all pulled together, they've stayed focused, it's just been great," said Falcons head coach Denise Case.

"The last couple years, we've been inexperienced with younger girls, but now this year we're very experienced and very comfortable.  We have great communication with everyone. Everyone gets along, it's just fun," Taylor Case said.

"We've got two great middles, an outside, right-side hitter, so we stay real balanced this year and they've stayed focused. It's just our year," Denise Case said.

The only thing that makes Taylor's trip to state even more special is that her mom and sister have been with her, coaching this team every step of the way.
    
"It's a great feeling. I hear them cheering not just for me but for the players as well but it's nice to have them down there," said Taylor Case.

"To see her go out like this has been just a great experience. She's become just that great athlete that anybody would want to coach," said Denise Case.