Staring at the opposing team through the net, Kelly Rish zones in on the server. The match is almost over, the Cabarrus Thunder need one more point to win. As the server’s arm swings back, Rish gets into position. The server’s hand connects with the leather-bound ball.
Wham. It’s in play and coming towards Rish. With no hesitation, she delivers a perfect pass to her teammate who hits it over the net. It’s silent as the ball flies over the net, past the opposing team’s attempts to block it, and hits the ground on the other side of the net.
Cheers erupt from her side of the court as Rish is scooped into hugs and high fives from her teammates. This win means Cabarrus Thunder will receive the gold medal, but in this moment, Rish is smiling for a different reason.