London Cooper has been one of the No. 11 Mustang Broncos’ leaders both on the court and off in 2023.
Cooper has been solid all season, playing a strong all-around game for Mustang, who takes on Union tonight at 6 p.m. in the regional tournament semifinals. She is one of the team leaders in kills and digs and has been arguably the team’s most productive player while serving.
As one of six seniors, Cooper prides herself on leadership and her relationship with teammates and coaches. Blake Newman and the staff has praised her ability and skillset throughout the year and the team relies on her communication and effort on the court.
Cooper is set to help lead Mustang to the state tournament, starting with regionals tonight at Bishop Kelley. With two wins, the Broncos can punch their ticket and advance to the UMAC next week.
But what about Cooper’s favorite TV show? Who does she listen to when getting hyped for games? Who is her biggest inspiration?
Check out the answers to these questions and more below!
Q: What is your favorite hobby outside of volleyball?
Spending time with family and friends because it makes me happy.
Q: What is your favorite moment playing volleyball?
My first varsity game because everyone was excited and had great energy.
Q: What is the best aspect about being a Mustang volleyball player?
Getting to play with my friends. We have created a special bond with each other.
London Cooper (Sr.) goes up for a spike during Mustang’s final match of the regular season against Stillwater. Cooper and the Broncos are set for the 2023 Class 6A regional tournament on Tuesday at Bishop Kelley. (Photo by Ron Lane / Lane Images)
Q: Who is your favorite athlete or biggest sports hero?
My favorite athlete currently is University of Louisville libero Elena Scott. She brings so much energy and hustle to the game, which makes her very fun to watch.
Q: What is your favorite sports team?
The University of Louisville volleyball team.
Q: Who is your biggest inspiration?
My dad. He is such a hard worker and that has always motivated me to work as hard as possible with what I’m trying to accomplish in life. He gives the best advice and he has done everything in his power to make sure our family is happy. He is a great role model and I appreciate everything he does for myself and our family.
Q: Favorite breakfast cereal?
Cap’n Crunch’s OOPS! All Berries.
Q: Favorite movie and TV show?
Movie: “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” TV Show: “Criminal Minds.”
Q: Favorite music artist?
Q: Favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookies and Cream.
Q: What are your plans after high school? College? If so, what are you wanting to study?
I plan on going to college, but I’m undecided on where as of now. I want to study nursing because ever since I was little I have wanted to do something in the medical field.
Q: What is a career path you have in mind after high school and sports?
I want to study nursing and become a labor and delivery nurse or a CRNA.
Q: Do you have any siblings? Do they play sports?
I have two siblings. My sister, Lizzy, is 28 and my brother, Tyler, is 32. Lizzy was a cheerleader and Tyler played soccer.
Q: Did your parents play sports in high school or college?
My dad, Michael, played soccer for Mustang from 1999-2003. My mom, Milly, didn’t play sports in school.
Q: What sports did you grow up playing?
Cheer and volleyball.
Q: Are you originally from Oklahoma? Have you lived or grown up in Mustang your entire life?
I am from Oklahoma and have grown up in Mustang my entire life.
Q: Are you committed to play somewhere in college? If so, where? If not, what schools do you have in mind or have interest in?
I’m not committed anywhere, but I’m still unsure if I want to continue to play in college or not.
Q: Where is a place you have always wanted to visit?
London or Paris. Both cities look very pretty and I have heard they are amazing places.
Q: Who would you vote for as best athlete at MHS – boys and girls?
The best girls athlete in my opinion is Macy James. The best boys athlete in my opinion is CarVelle Jones.
Q: What are some of the best aspects of playing for coach Blake Newman and the Mustang coaching staff?
Every coach cares deeply about each athlete in the program. They all want what is best for us and just want to see us succeed. Coach Newman is very passionate and has a lot of knowledge about the game. He gives great feedback and holds us to a higher standard every day, whether it’s in practice or games. Each coach has helped me become the best athlete I can be. I’m very grateful for this staff and I’m glad we have them to help us out.
Q: What are some of the best aspects of playing with this group of seniors? What is your favorite memory playing with them?
Over the years this group of seniors has created a special bond. We have developed some really good friendships. The best memory playing with them is probably our first home game of the season. It was the start of our senior season and we were all very excited.