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Athlete of the Week: Jefferson's Sarah Wood

POSTED: September 25, 2012 10:06 p.m.

Sarah Wood has been put in a different position every season on the Jefferson volleyball team, but each season, she finds new ways to contribute and exhibit her skills, and she says that it makes her a better player overall.

“After playing in all the different positions, in every rotation I have I know how to play it,” Wood said. “I can execute on every single play.”

Her senior season is the only season that Wood has been one of the main hitters or blockers, but her statistics show that she has adapted to the position extremely well.

In 11 matches last week, she recorded 123 kills, 30 digs, 18 aces and 16 blocks with a passing percentage of 93 percent.

For her efforts, Wood has been named The Times Athlete of the Week.

When she was told of her new position at the beginning of the season, Wood wasn’t sure if she would be able to see the same kind of success that she had at other positions.

“Actually, I was really doubtful about the position I was going to be put in, but I’ve really grown to like it,” Wood said.

She wouldn’t say that it was her favorite position simply because of the work she had to put in to adapt, but she believes that it has helped her become better defensively. Wood said that she had to change her mindset in order to fulfill her potential at the position, but she realized that as the oldest member on the team, she needed to be an example for her teammates.

“I had to show that I’m flexible and can be put in any position with a smile on my face,” Wood said. “This year was my first year as a leader. Before this season I was the only starter that was younger than everyone, and I had to play older than my age.”

But Wood believes that having to “play older” helped her transform into a leader and a skill player even though she is not used to being one of the oldest on the team.

“I feel like I’ve matured a lot this year,” Wood said. “I feel like if I didn’t have the ability to do what I’m doing now we wouldn’t have the team we have.”

Now, because of her well-rounded play and the ability to play in multiple positions for a team, Wood plans to continue her volleyball career in college next fall at Reinhardt College in Waleska.

“I went to a meeting, and the coach laid down and offer and told me I had so many weeks to accept it before it would be off the table,” Wood said. “I’ve always looked at Reinhardt, and her saying that really motivated me and made me really excited.”

Wood feels as though she is blessed to have the opportunity to play at Reinhardt, but for now, she is focused on helping the Lady Dragons finish the season on a winning note.


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