CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Few players can define a team like Monticello's Jewell Pugh, who for the past two seasons has set the tone for the Mustangs on the court.
"We could have structured the team any way that we wanted running a 6-2 or a 5-1," Monticello volleyball coach Meg Carpenter said, "But because of the leader that she is that determined the structure that we're playing."
As the team's setter the past two seasons, Pugh has been an extension of her coach on the court.
"I have to take a lot of it upon myself because Coach Meg always calls me the quarterback of the team, so I really have to make a lot of decisions," Pugh said, "But I get a lot of my inspiration from my teammates because I can't do anything without that good pass, I can't get the stats I get without those good kills."
"She's definitely the playmaker on the court," Carpenter said, "She looks to how our team is doing and how the opponent is doing and based on that, she sees our strengths, their weaknesses."
Even with her tireless efforts on the court, the team captain has always tried to push herself to give more.
"She looked at me and she said well I know I'm busting my butt, I'm huffing and puffing but the thing this team need is for me to be more vocal," Carpenter said.
"I don't know I just get this deep feeling, deep inside like this is what I'm meant to do in this moment," Pugh said, "I'm working so hard, I'm going to give everything I can, so when something goes right, I'm just going to celebrate to the best of my ability."
And that same efforts translates everywhere Pugh goes.
"Always involved in giving my best, doing everything to the best of my ability," Pugh said, "I'm trying my best in everything I can do like on the court, in the classroom, I'm always working hard."
Wherever life takes Jewell next she'll carry a set of goals and a no-quit mentality.
"I'm always just reaching for those goals and always working towards them, so I'm never going to stop," Pugh said.