The Dr. Phillips girls volleyball team won two of its final three regular-season contests, building some momentum ahead of this week’s district tournament. Tiane Kong is a senior right side hitter who led her team with 11 kills against Wekiva and 13 kills and 11 digs against Winter Park.
You helped lead your team to a victory against Wekiva. Tell us about that.
It wasn’t just me. It was a team effort. Everyone was working hard, and I thought we were just going through all the motions well, and we just played hard throughout.
What are you looking forward to in the rest of the season?
I’m looking forward to us being brought together and learning from what we had. And then winning districts and going hard. People don’t expect us to win, but we’re the underdogs so I want us to be head on and just go.
When did you start playing volleyball?
My freshman year. I’m a senior now, so that’s four years. I played club freshmen year, sophomore year. Junior year, I took a break, and then this year, I’m going to play.
What’s your favorite thing about volleyball?
I like getting to know all the players. Working hard is my favorite, I love it. I love the rush; I just love the intensity.
What’s one thing you think is a highlight of the season?
The Winter Park game. We were unstoppable. This was the first game we actually came together, and we closed the game. As a team, we were struggling to come together, but now we got it. That Winter Park game was just amazing. Everybody played full-on, like all our hearts out.
You’re a senior. What’s next for you?
I’m trying to go to college and play some volleyball there. I want to go up north and see if I can score a scholarship. From then on, I want to major in radiology.
What’s your dream school?
BYU (Brigham Young University). My family went there, so that would be my dream school. But I’m trying to shoot for a smaller school that’s closer.
Do you play any other sports?
I played flag football my freshman year here at Dr. Phillips. We went to states, but we lost that game. I played softball but not at this school. And weightlifting.
Have you always been a right side since you started playing volleyball?
I have. And I play defense here and there, but right side is my main position. I’m a leftie, so that’s an advantage for me, so I can hit a line or cut the court. No one expects the right side to come out. Everyone’s all for, outside, outside. I like being the “Oh! Right side. There it is.”
What’s your favorite team to support at Dr. Phillips other than volleyball?
I would have to say the basketball team. Most of the girls on the team are all my good friends. My coach, my flag football coach, he’s the coach. All the girls, they work hard too. I love when people work hard and get better.
If you could go one place for dinner tonight, where would you go and why?
My grandma’s house. She makes the best chocolate chip cookies and banana cream pies ever. I’d just skip the dinner and go to dessert.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love going to the beach. I love dancing. Dancing is my thing.
Have you seen any good movies lately?
“The Maze Runner.” I’m into books, so I read that kind of stuff. I like mystery movies.
What’s one thing about you that most people don’t know?
Most people think I could be kind of shy. But I’m really an outgoing, funny person. I just dance all the time. So no one knows.
What are you looking forward to in your senior year?
My goal is to score a scholarship, go somewhere and make my parents proud.