East Texas volleyball legend dies

East Texas volleyball legend dies

HUNTINGTON, TEXAS (KTRE) - A volleyball legend from Huntington has died.

Huntington Volleyball Coach Ben Belshaw confirmed Scotty Bailess died Friday morning.

Bailess played volleyball for Stephen F. Austin and was a member of the SFA Volleyball Hall of Fame. Up until recently, she lived in Huntington but moved to Ohio to be closer to family.

After college volleyball at SFA, Bailess went on to play for Team USA in the 1955 Pan American Games. She became a pioneer for the sport when she helped make volleyball as an Olympic sport in 1964.

In 2014, she was inducted into the fifth Lufkin Pro Day Group, which honors athletes from Angelina County for their success in professional sports.

She was also honored in 2014 by USA Volleyball, along with the rest of the 1964 Olympic team. Bailess was also named a Flo Hyman All-Time Great Player during the same banquet the team was honored.

Huntington Coach Ben Belshaw talks about Volleyball great Scotty Bailess

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