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Featured Athlete: Emily Nickel

About to serve the ball over the net, junior Emily Nickle joins the varsity team in her ninth year playing the sport.

About to serve the ball over the net, junior Emily Nickle joins the varsity team in her ninth year playing the sport.

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About to serve the ball over the net, junior Emily Nickle joins the varsity team in her ninth year playing the sport.

provided by Emily Nickel

provided by Emily Nickel

About to serve the ball over the net, junior Emily Nickle joins the varsity team in her ninth year playing the sport.

Grade: 11 | Sport: Volleyball

Wingspan: How long have you been playing volleyball and what got you started?

Nickel: “I’ve been playing volleyball for around nine years now and my mom really got me started. I had just moved to my elementary school and really wanted to connect with my friends so me and a few friends started a rec team just to play for fun.”

Wingspan: What fuels your passion to play?

Nickel: “I think it’s to make people proud, I at heart am a people pleaser and I like when people are happy with me and when I’m complimented. I’m overall very fond of the game and figuring out strategies and new ways to win.”

Wingspan: How do you mentally prepare before a game?

Nickel: “I do a lot of mind tricks. I was taught a while ago how to clear your mind so that you are able to focus on what’s important and not important. I like to do breathing and talking to myself really calms me down.”

Wingspan: What is your favorite part about being on a team?

Nickel: “Just creating new friendships is hands down my favorite part. Getting to know different people on and off the court and creating a bond with them. I love team dinners and just being together and being loved by so many individuals.”

Wingspan: What is something that you are hoping to improve on?

Nickel: “I hope to improve on my overall leadership as a teammate and learning to include everybody. I have new personal goals for next year that when off season hits I’ll be working very hard.”

Wingspan: What is the hardest part about volleyball?

Nickel: “Staying determined is the hardest whenever you have lost a set.”

Wingspan: What is your biggest inspiration?

Nickel: “My parents for sure inspire me, they have always been there for me and motivated me. They have been there for me through thick and thin and I wouldn’t be where I am without them.”

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