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Glades Day School volleyball player Kelsey Kennedy grateful for career, teammates

Senior says she'll miss her coaches, co-captain Olivia Sanford
Glades Day School volleyball player Kelsey Kennedy speaks to WPTV during the 2023-24 academic year.PNG
Posted at 6:39 AM, Nov 03, 2023
and last updated 2023-11-03 11:42:06-04

BELLE GLADE, Fla. — At Glades Day School in Belle Glade, the sound of volleyballs being hit gets more familiar the closer you get. For Kelsey Kennedy, it's a sound she'll miss dearly.

"Definitely one of my passions," Kennedy said.

Since sixth grade, volleyball has been her life. It's hard to believe that her senior year has come and gone. And now it's time for a new chapter.

"Definitely going to miss the school (and) the people around the school," Kennedy said. "But I'm most grateful for the teams that I've played on, and I'm really going to miss my coaches and my co-captain."

That co-captain is Olivia Sanford. They've been a force for the Gators these last few years, and that's something they'll always remember.

Olivia Sanford, co-captain of Glades Day School Gators volleyball team
Olivia Sanford is a co-captain of the Glades Day School volleyball team and a teammate of Kelsey Kennedy.

"I love having her on the court because I know that she's going to be there for me and I'm going to be there for her," Sanford said. "And I think the trust is really important on and off the court."

For her coach, she's proud of the impact she's made over the years that will help her keep the Gators fighting for another district title.

"We were able to make it to the district championship. We won, made it to the regional finals, and then to also make it back there again this year, and that's something that I think these younger girls now know is an attainable goal," head coach Erin Bahruth said.

Although right now it looks like Kennedy has played her last game, that could change in the future.

"If there was a chance maybe that I was offered a complete full ride, I might take it," Kennedy said. "Just because the love of the game is huge. That's for sure."