VANDALIA – Butler High School junior Willow Knight’s competitive spirit can be seen on the volleyball court in each match. But Coach Cheryl Franklin says she really saw that drive at tryouts.
Knight only gained a release from her doctor to play volleyball two days before tryouts, following ACL surgery.
“She stepped right in and went all out from day one,” Franklin said. “She is a competitor, pushing others to be the same.”
Knight agrees and believes her “aggressive” style of play helps her be a better outside hitter and middle back.
“You have to be able to see the court and see spots on the court. Sometimes against tough teams and good blocks, you won’t be able to get many points from just a hit. You have to look where your block is set and see if you can tip over or throw it back to the corner and just get points any way you can,” Knight said.
Those points will come in handy if Knight and her team are able to achieve her goal of making it “one step further in tournament and winning the sectional final.”
Following volleyball season, Knight won’t have time to rest. She’ll head right to basketball season.
“As a player, the lessons I’ve learned from my coach will stay with me. As I move into basketball season, skills I have been taught from volleyball will help me become a more successful all-around player.”