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Volleyball: Pursuit of perfection – Ranked No. 1 in her class, Valtr guides Boyd into state tourney

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017
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Macee Valtr can’t deny being a perfectionist.

From taking a test to slamming volleyballs, Valtr refuses to compromise and give anything short of her best.

CLASS OF HER OWN – Boyd junior Macee Valtr earned MVP of the 3A Region I tournament over the weekend. She is also ranked No. 1 in her class. Messenger photo by Kelly Basting

“I’m a perfectionist, just a little bit,” Valtr said. “In the classroom, it stresses me out a bit. It annoys me to get a 99 on something. It bugs me. On the court, it pushes me to be fundamentally sound. At times, I’m really hard on myself.”

That drive has turned the Boyd junior into a star in the classroom and the volleyball court. Valtr is currently ranked first in her class and last weekend was named the MVP of the Class 3A Region I volleyball tournament.

Valtr will be on the floor at 11 a.m. Thursday when the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets make their debut in the University Interscholastic League volleyball championships at the Culwell Center in Garland in the 3A semifinals. Boyd will play defending state champion Goliad.

“It’s going to be exciting. It’s our first time at state as a program,” Valtr said. “It’ll be intense. We just have to go into it with a lot of passion and play our game.”

For Valtr, the Boyd playoff run has been especially meaningful. After her family relocated from Trophy Club to Boyd before her sophomore year, Valtr had to play on the junior varsity last season. During the Lady Yellowjackets’ trip to the region quarterfinal and eventual loss to Peaster, Valtr could only sit on the bench and wish for a chance to take the floor.

“Having to be on the sideline as a manager was tough. It was really tough to go through that Peaster match and know there was nothing I could for them,” Valtr said.

It hasn’t taken the outside hitter long to adapt to her new hometown.

“This year has been so much fun. I’ve been so welcomed by the Boyd community,” Valtr said.

“This has been very special coming from Byron Nelson, a 6A school. No one from the town showed up at our games. Here we have random people that will come up and hug you and so many random people that come up and talk about volleyball. How much it means to the town is eye-opening.”

Fellow junior Jordyn Todd and Valtr have formed a powerful, hard-hitting duo for the Lady Yellowjackets that have overpowered opponents. Valtr has tallied 62 kills in the playoffs. She had 12 in the five-set win over Peaster and followed it up with 30 over the two matches in Lubbock to earn the tournament MVP.

“I was honored. It’s a great accomplishment,” Valtr said. “But after, I tweeted, ‘I couldn’t do it without the whole team and coaching staff.’ They all have faith in me. I’m very honored to get the award.”

On the court, Boyd coach Dusty Crafton said Valtr’s intelligence shows and makes her a consistent player.

“She’s very intelligent and always make intelligent plays,” Crafton said.

Throughout the fall, Valtr has worked to find a balance between volleyball and the classroom. She is currently taking three sciences among her two advanced placement and four dual-credit courses. Valtr, who hopes to graduate Boyd with two years of college complete, wants to pursue a career in pharmaceuticals.

She often does her homework on the bus to and from matches, sitting up front near the coaches to concentrate.

“Academics is my top priority,” Valtr said. “It’s tough to juggle it all.

“It’s important to do well in the classroom and the court. If you make those things your top priority and put in the work here and there, it’ll pay off in the long run.”

If made to pick on earning the title of state champion on the volleyball court or valedictorian, Valtr gave a quick answer.

“Being a state champion is once in a lifetime. It’s not the end of the world if I’m not valedictorian,” Valtr said.

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