Almost everyone in the gym knew about the impending milestone Alexandria’s Shanee’ Herd was about to reach on Thursday night. Everyone, that is, except her.
Herd was just doing her job early on in the opening set against conference leader Fergus Falls. She did what she has done so many times in her career when she got low and dug up a ball for one of her setters. This one had a little bit more meaning behind it though as Herd collected her 1,000th dig in an Alexandria uniform.
“It was unreal,” she said after the match. “I had no idea why they were celebrating. I was so confused and then when Jessica [Burns] came and hugged me with the flowers, I got teary eyed. I was so shocked.”
Her teammates and her coaches knew she was just a couple digs away but decided to keep it from her before the match. That left them anxiously waiting on the bench.
Not wanting to jump the gun, her teammates hesitated a little bit after she collected the all-important dig. Once the point was over and they were assured Herd had reached the mark, they stormed her on the court as the student section held up “1,000 Digs” signs.
“It was so fun,” Schlichting said. “I’ve never had a player do that before, and she’s a kid that deserves it. Every single dig she’s had, she works her tail off for. She’s a phenomenal player. She’s been a leader for this team for the last three years, and she deserves to be out there every single minute that she is out there.”
Herd still had some tears in her eyes when talking about it after the match. The final outcome wasn’t what she was hoping for as the Otters held on for a 3-1 win, but the way her teammates and fans recognized her on the court made for a night she won’t soon forget.
“It was amazingly fun to have a crowd on both sides with 1,000 digs in the air,” she said. “It was really, really fun.”