by: Erin Fleming

Senior varsity volleyball player Becca Nelson is ending her last high school season on a high note. In addition to being the team’s defensive specialist, Nelson has the highest serving percentage, coming in at 93 percent accuracy. Nelson has played in ever set of every match this season. Her role in playing the defensive position has helped the Lady Raiders win seven regular season game over the past 2 months. “Becca has played practically every position over her 4 years at Stuart but her strengths lie in her serving, passing, and defense,” says varsity head coach Sharon Ponton, “so during her senior season it has been great to have her contributing as a defensive specialist.”

Nelson has been playing volleyball for 5 years. She looks up to her eldest brother when it comes to sports. He taught her to strive to be the best she could be, and to never give up. Over the years, Nelson says she has learned a lot about teamwork and in order to achieve her goals it’s important to be patient, positive, and have good communication and cooperation skills.

Coach Ponton first worked with Nelson at the Annandale Sports Club volleyball league and at other volleyball camps she had attended. She enjoys coaching her because she is a level-headed, self-regulating and hardworking athlete who is driven toward success. She also says Nelson’s drive to compete and her positive attitude are crucial on the court, helping her teammates move forward toward success. When asked to choose a word to describe her, coach Ponton said, “Gregarious- because she is high-spirited and everyone’s friend.” Nelson’s attitude and incredible season earned her an All-Conference Honorable Mention award this season.

While Nelson says it’s sometimes very difficult to balance sports and school work, her love for the sport and her supportive teammates, make it all worth it. As her final volleyball season comes to a close, some words of advice she gives to younger athletes would be, “to keep pushing yourself and just stay positive.”

photo by Olivia Beeman