Savannah Serafin is one of several senior Dewey High School volleyball players who have understood—firsthand—the anatomy of progress and the rewards for success.
As a freshman, the Lady Doggers’ volleyball class of 2022 stumbled and struggled with a 2-26 record.
Three seasons later, Serafin and her fellow veteran warriors broke to a 21-9 record, including a regional win in Class 4A.
In her sophomore and junior seasons, Dewey amassed a combined record of 19-28 and improved every year.
Over the four years, Dewey’s senior group has recorded 42 wins, an average of more than 10 a year. Not bad for the start of the trip at 2-26.
“I really think it was the drive and practice,” Serafin, who played multiple roles throughout her career, said of Dewey’s development as a volleyball power. “We did so many exercises and learned so many skills and different things. I think a lot of it was our mindset too. … Then we grew into it.”
Serafin’s love of volleyball isn’t over yet.
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She recently signed a letter of intent to play at Ozark Christian College.
During her senior season, Serafin earned places on two all tournament teams – at the Salina and Oklahoma Union tournaments.
Serafin made a big impression on her favorite position, as an outside hitter.
She has also contributed to the Lady Doggers over the years as a setter and passing specialist.
She first decided in eighth grade that she wanted to play college volleyball.
“I loved it,” she said. “I like learning the game, growing in it and getting better at it.”
She initiated Ozark Christian College (Joplin, Mo.) and took advantage of the school’s Tuesday tours.
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“They were very sweet, very nice,” Serafin said of the people she met. “We went around campus.”
Serafin met the volleyball coach and attended a volleyball game that evening.
“Then they came to me and shook my hand,” she said. “The girls were very nice. Then I kind of knew it looked good. I had prayed for it a bit. It seemed like I had to be somewhere.”
Serafin plans to focus her studies on children’s work and occupational therapy.
She is grateful for the support of her family throughout her life.
“I’m glad I know they’re here,” she said. “It’s great to see that they want me to grow. It’s great to know that my parents are there and cheering you on. … Someone to get excited about.”
Note: Ozark CC Volleyball posted a record 14-16 last year, including a 6-6 in conference.