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She has the drive to dive

Leanne Lowry hopes to set state record for digs

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Leanne Lowry is comfortable this season.

The Castle View senior will be the Sabercats libero and defensive specialist after playing up front last season as an outside hitter.

“I've been playing volleyball since I was in kindergarten and that's always the position I've gravitated towards,” said Lowry, who committed to play college volleyball at Iowa before her freshman year at Castle View. “Last year I did play outside hitter and that was just because it was best for the team. But libero, DS is really what I'm more comfortable playing.”

Lowry, who holds school records for most digs in a season (736) and career (1,735), has her sights set on challenging the Colorado state record for career digs, which is 2,174 by MacKenzie Wells of Fruita Monument, who played between 2014-17.

“I'm reaching for the state record for digs,” Lowry admitted. “If I could get that, it would be awesome. I'm really looking forward to this season. Being a senior, I'm kind of ready to somewhat leave my legacy here. In the past I've always been one of the youngest on the team and so now I'm ready to take on a leadership role.”

Key stats:

Last season as an outside hitter, Lowry had 248 kills, 23 blocks and 481 digs. She is 439 digs shy of the state record for career digs.

Coach's take:

"She does so much for our team. She is an outstanding player. I wish I had kids like her all the time. She's special."

— Scott Dowis, Castle View girls volleyball coach

Q&A with Lowry

Who is your favorite athlete?

Haleigh Washington, who is on the USA Olympic team.

What would be a perfect performance in soccer?

I don't really focus on numbers. I would just say depending on the match if I am doing better at serve/receive than defense, then I try to focus on serve/receive.

What is your favorite class in school and why?

Math and science. Answers in math come pretty easy for me and for science, I find that really cool.

What do you like to do away from volleyball at Castle View?

At school I'm in Best Buddies, unified sports to help out the special needs kids. It's something I've done for four years and it is the other biggest commitment I have.

What rituals do you have before or during a match?

What I do before a match is put on my headphones and listen to music. I'm usually pretty nervous before any match and that helps me calm down. I listen to more pop and alternative music.

What is your favorite movie?

“The Guardian.” It's about the Coast Guard and it is amazing to see all the things they go through and see all the brave people.

What is your favorite dinner?

Spaghetti.

What do you think about boys volleyball being sanctioned next season?

I think that's really awesome. I've helped out the boys team for the past four years. Every year they have been fighting for it to be a CHSAA sport. It could bring more support for the game.

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