Noble’s Raelyn Hornbuckle – Volleyball Spotlight Presented by Landers Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM of Norman

By Derrick Smith

The sport an athlete plays is not always one that they have wanted to play since they were young. Sometimes, they come across the sport, try it out, and fall in love with it. That is what happened with Raelyn Hornbuckle.

“My older sister Bailey is who got me started in volleyball,” she said. “I would go to her volleyball games when she was in middle school. Before and after the games, we would play around with a volleyball. I was probably eight or nine years old then. I’ve always been really competitive and enjoy many sports, volleyball has been one of my favorites, but what really keeps driving me to play are my teammates.”

Hornbuckle is a sophomore at Noble High School, where she plays soccer and runs track, along with being part of the volleyball team. Outside of athletics, she is also involved with FCCLA and the German Club.

There have been people that have made big impacts on Raelyn’s life, helping her to get where she is today.

“My parents have taught me so much and I love them. THey are the one who make me who I am,” she said. “I also look up to coach Marsee, who has been like a second mom to me. I have learned so much from her. Finally, coach Byrd has always encouraged me to do my best. She was my first volleyball coach in middle school and taught me about volleyball.”

Coach Marsee is also who Raelyn considers her favorite teacher.

“She has been there for me since sixth grade, when she was my reading teacher. She taught me what what it was to be a great teammate and an even better person.”

Being successful in sports takes to simple things, Hornbuckle says that is what has helped her get to the level she is at. “It has taken a lot of practice and hard work for me to be the player I am.”