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Shakopee's Bailey Luce is force and tough on pop cans, too

08/27/2013, 8:49pm CDT
By Star Tribune

Senior Bailey Luce was instrumental in helping Shakopee’s volleyball team to a fourth-place finish in the Class 3A state tournament a year ago.


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Senior Bailey Luce was instrumental in helping Shakopee’s volleyball team to a fourth-place finish in the Class 3A state tournament a year ago.

The Sabres will be counting on her experience to provide leadership in her final season. Luce is their middle blocker.

Shakopee finished with a record of 19-14 in 2012. It defeated Roseville in the quarterfinals of the state tournament before falling to eventual state champion Lakeville North and Blaine.

Here is a closer look at Luce, who is also an outfielder on the Sabres’ softball team:

The best movie I’ve seen in the last year? “42.” The Jackie Robinson story.

Three songs I never skip on my iPod are ... “Remember the Name” by Fort Minor; “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke; “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

What are your three favorite apps? Twitter; Pinterest; Snapchat.

Who do you like to follow the most on Twitter, and why? @StuAthleteLife; I can relate to everything they say! It’s fun to know I’m not the only one.

Three words or phrases my friends or teammates might use to describe me? Loud; goofy; individual.

At my first varsity practice, I felt ... very nervous. I played up for sections my sophomore year and the team had already been playing together for three months. It was very intimidating!

What did you do in the offseason? In the offseason, I played volleyball for the Shakopee Junior Olympics [JO] team. I also played softball.

What are your goals for the upcoming volleyball season? This year in volleyball, my goal is to become the best team unit we can. Most of us have not played together before, so chemistry will be a huge part of our season.

What is your favorite meal prior to a game? Subway.

To get focused for a game, I ... usually talk to my teammates. Nothing too serious because I love to make others laugh.

I know I have an edge on an opponent when … I go into a match more mentally prepared for what I’m going to do.

What is your most memorable moment as a high school athlete? I will always remember playing at the Xcel Energy Center last year for the state volleyball tournament.

Who is your school’s biggest rival, and why? Chaska. They are a young team who have been playing together for a long time, and always provide strong competition.

How do you balance school and sports during the year? During the school year, teachers are more than happy to help you with your homework. At games, you can usually see a girl or two sitting in the stands doing homework. Most of us are taking the same classes, so we help each other.

– and if so, what is it? I can crush a pop can with my shoulder blades.

What is the best sports advice you ever received? “Never show how tired you are. It gives your opponent a chance to pick on you even more.” — Bennett Luce, my father

RON HAGGSTROM

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