Khloie Doughty is a junior defensive specialist at Muskogee for the Lady Roughers’ volleyball team but occasionally plays right and middle back.
“I used to play both soccer and volleyball, but after my first year playing volleyball I realized my joy was on the court with my teammates,” Doughty said. “Volleyball is my passion and what I would like to pursue the rest of my high school career. As well as getting good grades and preparing myself to take on all the responsibilities coming my way when I graduate.”
Doughty first started playing volleyball in eighth grade and has had a passion for the game ever since.
“I would say my favorite aspect of the sport is not only the rush you get from the game and hearing the people watching cheer for you, but also the team,” Doughty said. “Muskogee High School is one of the closest teams I have ever been a part of. We are a family and we help each other get better on and off the court no matter what. I know for a fact if I’m ever in doubt or struggling with anything I can turn to my teammates and they will have my back and pick me up.”
To get the team hyped before games the Lady Roughers have a few rituals that they use to get themselves in the zone.
“Before a game/tournament we always make sure to say positive things to each other and get everyone excited and ready to go,” Doughty said. “On the court after we run up and high five the other team before the game begins we always break out with our MHS cheer then one person screams, ‘Family on one’ and everyone says ‘One, Family’ then we cheer, clap and start to play the game!”
Although Doughty loves to compete on the court, she also enjoys the bonds and friendships she has made throughout the years.
“My favorite memory in Muskogee would have to be the relationships I have built and also all the lessons I have learned,” Doughty said. “For example, learning to never let your own fear and doubt get in the way of what you are capable of accomplishing. I see a lot of people being so dependent on others they lose sight of what they can do, while it’s very important to have that person you can turn to and trust. It is more important to know you can trust yourself and be your own motivation. You can accomplish anything you put your mind to without depending on others.”
Doughty is thankful for her parents’ support over the years.
“Someone who inspires would definitely be my parents,” Doughty said. “They have shown me what truly loving someone looks like; not only being the best they can be for each other, but also being the best they can be for me. They have never once given up on me and have always and will always push me to be the best person I can be.”
After high school Doughty plans to further her education and wants to enroll in a dental program and work toward becoming an orthodontist.