Amari Deardoff has been the heart of the Texas State volleyball team now going on four years. She's one of those players other coaches can't believe still has eligibility.
"There's no doubt about it," Karen Chisum, Deardoff's coach, said. "Some coaches now that we're playing [are like], 'Is this her fifth or sixth year? She's been here forever.'"
But Chisum is on the opposite side, and she says she'll really miss Deardoff when she's gone.
"She is an amazing individual," Chisum said. "She is driven, she's intelligent, she's mature. But I'm telling you, on the court, she can hammer."
The Westwood product started as a freshman. Now in her senior year, she is the clear cut leader of the team both on and off the court.
"I think it's one of those things that has just come since being here for so long," Deardoff says. "Just the experience that you have going into your senior year that no matter what, they look up to you because you're more calm on the court or you just know what to expect."
Deardoff was a two-time Southland first-teamer, and she was All-WAC last season. After last week's win over the rival University of Texas at San Antonio volleyball team, she's hoping to put her name on another list: the best of the Sun Belt.