Volleyball Feature: Smith Spends Her Last Season as Captain

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Volleyball is now at the halfway mark of the season and senior Amber Smith is all about making the most of her time left with it.

Smith has been playing volleyball for the past five years. As the senior on the team, Smith has taken the role of captain. Smith likes to make sure her team is drama-free and determined.

In her many years of playing this sport, Smith has had the chance to develop a special spot on the team: the libero.

“It is important position because the libero is usually one of the best passers on the team,” said Smith. “And I love the feeling of getting a perfect pass to my setter and watching one of my teammates kill it.”

Smith has especially high expectations for her team this year since it is her last.

“I think the team has the capability to win conference and sectional only if we come together and play as a team,” said Smith.

Smith loves working hard for her team and getting better everyday, whether that be in practice or in a game. She makes more memories with them every day, it being in practice or at a game.

“My favorite memory is when we went into five sets with Orleans and won,” said Smith.

Casey Bowles, the varsity volleyball coach, has coached Smith for the past three years.

“I have seen Amber better herself in volleyball and as a person over the years I have been able to coach her. She is the leader of the back row and makes sure everybody knows where they are playing defense,” said Bowles.

Smith has been a very dependable person for the Paoli volleyball program and is always willing to do whatever is asked of her.

Smith is not planning on playing volleyball in college. She is commuting to IU Southeast after she graduates high school and will be studying criminal justice. Smith is making the most of her senior year before she goes off into the real world.

Story by Bela Brewster

Photos by Addison Wells

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