High School Column: Reunion Celebrates Historic BTW ’76 Volleyball Team | volleyball

“They’re out there shooting at that height, and I see they can move, they can do whatever they’re supposed to do,” Bond said. “And they were all focused on big time. And then we started working on how to become a team.”

And that chemistry is still there 45 years later.

Two players, Chardel Johnson and Jaylene Norman, traveled from Georgia for the reunion.

“It’s great, a blessing that we’re still alive,” Norman said.

Their teammate Dacita Montgomery added, “I love these guys, and I feel like we picked right up where we left off. We left high school as great friends and are still great friends. We haven’t lost any rhythm with each other.”

Bond said Montgomery, who continued her volleyball career at Northeastern State, “could be like nobody’s business,” and teammate Ramona Smoot “could really shock her.”

Bond remembers seeing Johnson’s potential right away at an encouraging trial. Johnson, a Spike, later played for the University of Central Oklahoma.

“She could jump and hang in the air, she’s a great athlete,” Bond said.

She can also intimidate opponents as Bond remembers doing so in the state finals at the University of Tulsa. At that time, the state championship volleyball was held in the spring.

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