Player of the Week: Catherine Christiansen

Catherine Christiansen

Catherine Christiansen

Catherine Christiansen is setting up the Lake Region volleyball team for its best season in the young program’s history.

While the Lakers had one a few games in its short existence, this fall was the first time the program won a match. To date, the Lakers have won three matches and are vying for a playoff spot.

Christiansen, a captain, has figured greatly in the team’s success, according to Coach Ryan Shible. In a win over Wells, Christiansen served up six aces and recorded four kills.

“Catherine has been making consistent, ‘spot on’ sets for our hitters,” Coach Shible said.

In recognition of her strong work ethic, determination, commitment and good sportsmanship, Catherine is this week’s Boosters and Hancock Lumber “Player of the Week.” Each week, a Lake Region athlete is recognized for his/her dedication (does more than what is asked), work ethic, coachability and academic good standing. Recipients receive a specially-designed T-shirt, sponsored by Hancock Lumber.

The Christiansen File

Name: Catherine Christiansen

Year in School: Junior

Hometown: Naples

Parents: John and Jennifer Christiansen

Sports you play: Volleyball, indoor track & field, lacrosse

School organizations: Student Council, Varsity Club

Why did you choose to play this sport? CC. Sophomore year, I wanted to try a new sport so I decided to attend the volleyball summer practice. From the beginning, I knew that volleyball was the sport for me, and I have loved it ever since.

What is the most difficult part of the game? CC. The most difficult part of volleyball is the mental aspect. Focusing on the next play and not regretting prior mistakes are key to staying positive and keeping your head in the game.

What do you enjoy the most about the sport? CC. I love how great it feels when I get a good hit and when I serve an ace. I love the adrenaline I have during the game and how fast paced the game is.

What do you feel you need to work on and why? CC. I think one of the biggest aspects of the game is working on communicating with my team during the game. Without communication, it is very difficult to perform our best as a team.

Why is teamwork important? CC. Teamwork is very important to achieve success in any sport. Volleyball requires a lot of communication and teamwork because everyone has their own important roles they have to play on the court.

What is the biggest impact your coach(es) have had on you? CC. My coaches have always been very supportive and push me to work my hardest.

How do you want people to view you as an athlete? CC. I want people to view me as a hardworking person and to see me as someone who is a good team player and a respectful teammate.

Ten years from now, when you look back on your high school sports career, what do you think you will remember most? CC. Looking back on my high school sports career, I will remember all the friends I made and all the memories we made together as a team.

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