GRAY, TN (WJHL) – Daniel Boone High School varsity volleyball players hit the court for the first time since the death of their teammate, Kaylee Rabun.
The team dedicated Tuesday night’s game in honor of Rabun, who died Saturday following a crash on Interstate 81 in Morristown.
Rabun was 16 years old.
The teen was described as a star player on the volleyball team, an outstanding student and someone known for their positive attitude.
When we spoke to some of Kaylee’s teammates on Tuesday night before the game they said they knew it would be difficult to take the court, but felt it was something Kaylee would have wanted them to do.
“She would be here saying, no y’all are playing this game, period, I don’t care, we all know she wanted us to play tonight,” Sara Humphrey said.
“We’ve never not had her, she’s never been injured to where she’s had to sit a game, so its going to be hard, but were going to be even more determined to play our best,” Mackenzie Carrier said.
The entire gym was a sea of purple, Kaylee’s favorite color.
After five sets the Lady Blazers were victorious, in a win that was about something bigger than points on a scoreboard.
“We have really strong girls, we have strong willed girls, we also know that’s what Kaylee would want us to do,” Chelsea Spivey said.
On Tuesday during school hours, student council members led the entire school in a memorial service for Rabun.
News Channel 11’s Jordan Moore is at the gym where students continue to honor Rabun by wearing her favorite color — purple — for tonight’s game.
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