Valor Christian girls volleyball coach Kaitlyn Hastings claims that senior Maddie Allen has a headstrong attitude, constant drive and leadership ability. That's why Allen was switched to become the …
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Valor Christian girls volleyball coach Kaitlyn Hastings claims that senior Maddie Allen has a headstrong attitude, constant drive and leadership ability.
That's why Allen was switched to become the team's libero this season after being the starting setter last year.
“So I was actually really open to become the team's libero this season after being the starting setter a year ago,” said Allen, who also plays girls lacrosse in the spring for Valor. “It's actually been a really fun position and I've actually enjoyed it. I wanted to help out my team in any way I could in getting to state and having a good chance at winning. I feel like I fit the role pretty well.
“It's (libero) definitely a harder position on my body. I definitely have a lot more bruises. As a setter you usually play right back so it's the opposite because I'm left back. It hasn't been too difficult it's just been staying disciplined, reading the ball and being able to read what the hitters will do.”
Setters are called the quarterbacks of the team and dish out assists to the hitters.
Allen, a 4.0 student, claims that liberos play a similar role although they wear a contrasting colored jersey, have to play only in the back row and are generally regarded as the unrecognized defensive players on the team.
“Setters like call the plays and tell the hitters what to run, but as a libero you are telling the hitters like how many blockers they might have on them or calling out where the ball might come from and you are kind of leading the defense in a way,” explained the 5-foot-6 Allen. “You have to know when the hitter is going to hit the ball and call that beforehand and give the team a heads-up.”
In 26 set played for the undefeated Eagles who have not lost a set in nine matches this season, Allen has 112 digs , 23 aces and 105 service receptions.
“Maddie has made such an impact on our program here at Valor. She leads well in the way she works in her training, competes on the court and remains focused on the big picture. Her dedication and work ethic to the program's goals has pushed her teammates toward being one in vision and purpose.”
Valor Christian girls volleyball coach
Q&A with Allen
Who is your favorite athlete?
Misty May-Treaner, who was a volleyball player in the Olympics. I'd watch on TV and I would say I want to be just like her, she's so good. She is such a good leader on and off the court.
What or who motivates you most to excel in sports?
My teammates and my coaches are big motivation factors for me because I obviously want to do good for them. But I am also pretty self-motivated. I can put a lot of pressure on myself, especially when I make a mistake. I can really get on myself for that. Pressure is exciting for me. Now it's one of those things that I actually enjoy and find it fun and not scary.
What is your favorite class in school and why?
Anatomy and physiology because I love learning about the human body and how we work and what's going on inside of us. That's really exciting.
What do you like to do away from sports and school?
I love hanging out with my friends. When I'm not doing that I love going to my younger brothers' football games. Our family is big on supporting each other. I also love going to Broncos games.
What are your plans after high school?
Recently I have applied to Ole Miss, Alabama and CSU too. Depending on what works out, since I have a new libero position that I'm doing pretty well at, I'm thinking of walking on for volleyball wherever I go, and if that doesn't work out play club volleyball.
What is the toughest thing about playing high school volleyball?
I think it's the whole yelling at the team and keeping up the communication. It's definitely a team sport and not an individual sport. And the biggest competition is with ourselves because if we get on our island is what we call it, get into our own heads and don't talk to each other, that's when we tend to play poorly.
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