CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Carroll volleyball team could have chosen not to play.
But their late coach Stacy Selby would have wanted them to continue.
It's why they still played Friday night against Miller, less than 12 hours after learning their coach had passed away.
"Our students were given the choice...our Lady Tigers...to push forward with this evening's events with their game," Carroll principal Dr. Jamie Copeland said. "And their response was Coach Selby wouldn't have it any other way. They're playing tonight in her honor."
Selby was also a special-education teacher and department chair at Carroll. She was in her third year as the volleyball team's coach.
Previously, Selby coached at Ingleside High School, West Oso High School and Taft Junior High School in addition to leading club volleyball teams.
As a student, Selby was an accomplished athlete, including a 1990 state champion in shot put.
She was Texas A&M-Kingsville’s shot-put record holder from 1997-2004. And In 1987, Selby was named Junior Miss Sinton.
“Coach Selby was a wonderful mentor and role model for our students and a friend to our staff,” Carroll principal Dr. Jamie Copeland said in a prepared statement. “She could light up a room with her positive spirit and energy.
"We are extraordinarily fortunate to have had her as a member of the Carroll family. She will be dearly missed.”
A member of the Carroll athletics staff told KRIS Communications Selby began feeling ill Thursday night and was taken to an emergency room where she later died of an undisclosed illness.