Boys volleyball: Marana senior knows one speed: all out

2011-04-08T00:00:00Z 2011-04-22T14:47:04Z Boys volleyball: Marana senior knows one speed: all outNicole Dimtsios For The Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

The lifestyle of a three-sport athlete is demanding, grueling and time-consuming, but for Marana High School's Kord Catt, he doesn't know any other lifestyle.

The senior has lettered in four sports for the Tigers, and according to volleyball coach and assistant football coach Alexander Ruff, Catt's mentality is what helps him get through the difficulty of consistently being on a sports team.

"Once Kord puts his mind to something he doesn't let up until he's achieved his goal, athletically or academically," Ruff said. "He's pretty unwavering."

Catt said playing multiple sports has always been a part of his life, and he credits his work ethic to his mother, Tammy Foster.

"That's just how I was raised. That just, if you're doing something, you go all out," Catt said. "You don't quit.

"She's always been there teaching me how to do it."

Throughout his high school career, Catt has had to deal with a rigorous training schedule, practices every day, school, meets and other events throughout the week.

Catt is currently the setter for the Marana Tigers boys volleyball team, and Ruff said those practices alone run until 6 p.m. nightly, and matches can last until 8:30 p.m.

His dedication has included the forfeiting of winter and spring breaks to dedicate to training and the team.

The senior played football, basketball and volleyball for the Tigers until his junior year when he switched to soccer during the winter sports season.

"It was a good change," said Catt of switching to soccer. "I wasn't having fun anymore" with basketball.

Because he plays three sports, Catt comes into each season with an advantage - he's already conditioned. He said that is what allows him to balance everything and helps him make an impact on every team he's on.

Although Catt said all the work was worth the time, he said sometimes the effort was overwhelming.

"There's times where both physically and mentally - like physically I come home, and then I'm just totally beat sometimes, especially after a long week."

But the senior hasn't let balancing his schedule affect his play. He was an honorable mention for the Star's All-Southern Arizona All-Stars as a receiver and was among the leading scorers on the soccer team in the winter.

Although his football and soccer teams missed the playoffs, the Marana volleyball team is 6-4 in power-ranking games, sitting at No. 6 and is looking to make a run to the playoffs.

For Catt, a postseason appearance wouldn't just make up for the way the other team's seasons ended; it would be a final reward for a student athlete who has given a lot to Marana.

"It's one of those things where even he wants to leave that legacy and leave on a high note," Ruff said. "This is a way for him to have some redemption where he gets to end them on a winning note and leave high school with a victory."

Catt said he probably wouldn't pursue collegiate athletics. He is still deciding between Brigham Young University and the University of Arizona and said that he would "settle down" and focus on academics.

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