Volleyball coach finds support from team as she battles cancer

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Black Hawk College’s head volleyball coach is finding support in her team as she battles against cancer.

After Mary Davis was diagnosed with cancer she said she really just likes to have “normal days” which for her means coaching.

“Even our bad days, the days where we don’t win or when things aren’t going well, I still appreciate being here with them and in the gym,” Davis said. “You’ve got to make the best of every situation and I hope I’m that experience for them.”

The women on her team said they appreciate their coach and admire her presence even when she’s struggling with her battle.

“We have to go out and fight for coach because she comes out on the floor and fights for us every practice, and she doesn’t have to be here,” said Rayven Morrow. “I feel like we owe her that enough for us to play hard every game and come out and practice hard because she’s out here fighting for us so we have to fight for her.”

Coach Davis said she wants remain feisty and competitive and be a good example to her 10-year-old daughter.

She has been the head coach at the school since 1991.