Nothing has ever come easy for Ivy Ramos on the volleyball court.
That’s what made Wednesday’s signing ceremony even more special for the Permian High School senior.
Ramos, a 5-foot-3 defensive specialist for the Lady Panthers, was surrounded by family, teammates and several friends in Permian’s trophy room as she signed on to play volleyball at Clarendon College next season.
“I’m just really excited because I wasn’t too sure if I was going to get to (play collegiately),” Ramos said.
But Clarendon head coach Holli Reyna said Ramos possesses the main thing that she searches for in a player.
“She’s definitely a hustler,” Reyna said. “She’s quick, she’s not very tall, but she makes up for that with speed. She’s very fast to the ball and she hustles. She makes the extra effort to get there even if it’s not supposed to be her ball. She’ll be diving on the floor and giving you that effort.”
Ramos calls it “hustle and heart,” and says it’s the same qualities that helped her work her way into Permian’s starting lineup her senior year.
“I feel like I had to work really hard,” Ramos said. “I wasn’t even a starter my junior year, so I felt like I had to fight a little bit harder. I always went hard at practice, and not just went I felt the need to, it was always. I always tried to be on my ‘A’ game.”
Permian head coach Gillian Danley said that extra effort never went unnoticed, and is what not only earned Ramos a ticket to Clarendon, but also Permian’s “Fighting Heart Award.”
“Ivy is a kid that’s going to give you 100 percent on the floor,” Danley said. “She’ll sacrifice her body and just do whatever it takes to give her team 100 percent. She lives, sleeps, eats and breathes volleyball, so I’m very glad that she has this opportunity to go to Clarendon.
“Coach Reyna was looking for a couple of more defensive players and we sent her film early on. She was a good fit for their program defensively, and that was what they were looking for. But I think Ivy could fit into any program. You’re always looking for those kids that work hard and will do whatever you ask of them.”
That was a big selling point to Reyna and the Clarendon volleyball program.
“She’s a great kid and has a great attitude,” Reyna said. “She’s willing to give 150 percent, and as a coach that’s No. 1 for me, for a kid to come in and give me their best all the time. She’s a good student and a great kid, and I think she’s going to be a great addition to our program.”
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