It’s great to be a Conway Tiger.
That’s the assessment of volleyball player Jamarria Pyatt, who decided she wanted to be a part of Conway’s program while playing for another school.
“When I was in middle school I played jayvee volleyball for Aynor,” she said. “I was impressed whenever we played Conway. They were good. I liked the organization and how the team functioned. I liked how they got along...”
Now a senior at the Academy for Technology and Academics where she is a premed major, Pyatt is in the midst of her fourth season as a member of Conway’s varsity team. She is starting as the Tigers’ right side hitter for the second consecutive season.
“My biggest asset is knowing where to place the ball,” she said. “I enjoy just being with my team. We’re like family.”
The 2016 campaign was a memorable one for Pyatt and the Tigers who finished second in Region VI-AAAAA and won a state playoff game. Pyatt believes the team has the potential do even better this time around.
“We went to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in eight years,” she said. “I feel like we can do better. It will just take hard work and mental determination.”
According to Pyatt, playing volleyball for Coach Julie Livingston is special.
“It’s a privilege,” she said. “I’d say we know when to focus and get serious and when Coach is not playing.”
The Lady Tigers started the new season 4-0 and are 1-0 in the region after sweeping all three sets in a recent match against South Florence.
The Tigers also swept St. James in what Pyatt calls the most memorable match of her career.
“Everybody pitched in and really helped the team,” she said. “It was a tight match. We beat them in three sets, but it was really close.”
The 17-year-old is hoping to end her senior season with a region championship.
“Carolina Forest is usually the top team in the region,” she said. “Beating them and winning the region would be like winning the lottery.”
Although it may not be on par with football, Pyatt believes her classmates are starting to pay attention to the volleyball team.
“A lot of people want to come now that we’re winning,” she said. “Most of the time the volleyball team is underestimated, but people are starting to notice how we’re winning.”
In addition to volleyball, the teen has played soccer at Conway High School in the past, and plans to play again in the spring. She also serves as treasurer for Health Occupational Students of America (HOSA) chapter at the ATA.
“I want to be a dental hygienist or dentist whichever comes first,” she said. “I plan to attend either Coastal or USC Upstate.”
The teen is a daughter of Anthony and Ladelia Pyatt, and her mom is a former Aynor cheerleader. Pyatt’s favorite subject is math. She also enjoys napping whenever possible.
“I like sleeping,” she said. “I need all I can get. I’m fun to be around. I can turn a bad situation into a good situation. I like watching a lot of volleyball videos on YouTube.”