IKM-Manning senior Allyson Kocour has been one of the Wolves’ (21-5) most versatile players. She currently leads the team in assists (252) and is second in kills (141). IKM-Manning opens postseason play Oct. 23. Kocour recently spoke with the World-Herald.
Q: The team lost three of its first four matches but is 16-1 since Sept. 8. What keyed the turnaround?
A: Just the fact that we’ve pulled together greatly as a team, and we’ve really been working on the small stuff that makes the big stuff happen in the game. Working on that has really turned our play around.
Q: You lead the team in assists. What is your personal motivation this season?
A: This year, I really want to push the team good and get ready for a shot at reaching state.
Q: What would a trip to Cedar Rapids mean for your prep career?
A: It would mean more than anything. I did go as a freshman when I was the varsity manager. To get the chance to play on the floor of the state tournament would mean everything. It would make all my time and hard work worth it.
Q: Is it hard to believe that you’re almost done with high school?
A: It’s so hard to believe. I still haven’t fully grasped the fact that I’m almost done.
Q: Is it too early for senioritis to set in?
A: Oh no. I’ve got that part down. I just haven’t grasped the fact that my volleyball season is almost over.
Q: Regional volleyball pairings were released last week. What were your impressions?
A: We were pretty happy with the fact that we don’t play in the first round and we get to host a match. If things work out right, we’d get to play Carroll Kuemper again. It’d be a rematch from last year. Hopefully, we can get a little revenge if we play better than we did last year.
Q: What’s your favorite part about fall?
A: Probably just being able to go to football games. Plus, we still have cool weather, but you can still be outside and stay comfortable.
Q: What are your plans for after high school?
A: Right now, it looks like I’m going to play volleyball at a two-year college and then transfer somewhere bigger where I can major in education. I still have a couple options, and I haven’t totally narrowed it down.
Q: There are eight upperclassmen on the IKM-Manning roster. How valuable is that experience?
A: It’s definitely a huge part of our success because there are so many of us that did play last year. We got that competition. We know what to expect.
— Patrick Donohue