Volleyball: Quincey Coyle nabs BoCoPreps.com player of the year accolades

Mead High School's Quincey Coyle poses ...
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Mead High School’s Quincey Coyle poses for a portrait on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021.
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Quincey Coyle can do a little bit of everything.

Not only is the Mead senior wicked smart with her 4.4 grade-point average, and highly involved in her Maverick community as student council president, but she’s also an elite athlete. Following Mead volleyball’s charge to the quarterfinals last month, CHSAANow.com named her its Class 4A player of the year.

Her ridiculous statistics on the court, as well as her impact on the program throughout her entire tenure as a Maverick, has earned her the same honor through BoCoPreps.com.

When everything was said and done, Coyle collected 481 kills — the most of any 4A player and the fourth-most in the entire state — while boasting a 47.5% kill rate. She ranked in the top 10 in the state for aces (92) and led 4A in that category as well. She added 41 blocks to those front-line totals.

But she didn’t just excel at the net. She led her entire Mead team in back row defense with 327 digs, which proved impressive for a player that primarily plays outside hitter.

“She is the first athlete that I’ve ever seen walk into that school — or any gym, for that matter — and make such a difference on the court,” head coach Mikayla Martinez said. “She doesn’t have off games. She doesn’t crack under pressure. She’s just level-headed and competitive all the time. Putting up those huge numbers was incredible to see because there aren’t a lot of players that can consistently go out on the court and perform well and lead the team well.”

Throughout her high school career, Coyle has put in countless hours to rise to the top of her field as she worked hardest to hone her mental toughness. That weapon has proven deadly to her opponents, once she was able to see the court from a more mature and composed headspace.

“When I was younger, and I think this happens with most athletes, they don’t cope with mistakes well. That’s something that I definitely struggled with,” Coyle admitted. “I’m working with the fact that I have to trust my training and how much work that I’ve put in. I’m going to make mistakes. That’s literally volleyball. It’s being able to overcome those obstacles that go on in my mind to still reach higher levels of the game.”

Even with the insane numbers she put up this season, Coyle said she was shocked to learn that she won CHSAA’s player of the year award. She thought that honor was only reserved for a player from the title-winning team.

It didn’t surprise Martinez, though, who’s watched her since her play freshman season and coached her from her sophomore year on. To her, Coyle has always been the silent killer queen who’s led by example with her talent and fortitude.

She’s always seemed to have the weight of the volleyball team on her shoulders, but she hasn’t let that bother her.

“I think that’s what made her so dangerous, is because she’s had that pressure since she was a 15-year-old,” Martinez said. “When it got to these last two years and we were competing in the state tournament, she knew how to deal with the stress of having a lot of pressure to perform on her shoulders.”

That ability to perform under a microscope will serve the volleyball phenom well when she heads to Division-I West Virginia University to play for the Mountaineers next year. There, she hopes to continue to grow as a player as she focuses on her studies, which right now she thinks will lean toward biology and pre-med.

She already has every ingredient she needs to keep succeeding.