ROCKINGHAM — A big presence at the middle of the net, senior volleyball player Katie Way has been named the Official Richmond County Female Student-Athlete of the Week presented by HWY 55.
Richmond rolled last week, going 2-0 against its opponents and starting Sandhills Athletic Conference play with a perfect record.
Earning her second career recognition, Way was an offensive machine against Forest Hills and Southern Lee high schools and added depth on defense and serving. She was also named as a softball player her junior year.
Fall Sport: Volleyball
Position: Middle Hitter
Years on Varsity: 3 years
Other Sports: Softball
“ATTACK AT THE NET” WITH KATIE WAY
The Lady Raiders were able to play two of their three scheduled matches last week before inclement weather postponed the third. In those matches, victories were earned against non-conference Forest Hills and Southern Lee in the SAC opener.
Back for her third varsity season patrolling the middle of the court, Way’s quick thinking and athletic ability provided Richmond with an aggressive offensive attack and sound defense. She’s also continued her role as a vocal leader for the Lady Raiders.
In a 3-1 win over Forest Hills last Monday, Way helped the Lady Raiders take the first set 26-24, followed by wins in the third (25-13) and fourth (25-19) frames.
During the victory, Way racked up 15 kills and added two digs on defense. She was part of a serving rotation that forced several errors throughout the match.
A night later back on their home court, the Lady Raiders also picked up a 3-1 win against visiting Southern Lee High School. Richmond fell behind early but rallied in the second through fourth sets with wins of 25-17, 25-19 and 25-21.
Across the four frames, Way found the hardwood for 13 kills, chipped in four digs and added a block at the net.
Richmond (5-3, 2-0 SAC) will look to keep its winning streak going on Thursday with a road trip to Union Pines High School (5-3, 1-1 SAC). Play will begin around 6 p.m.
RAPID RESPONSE VIDEO WITH KATIE WAY
Way discusses the Lady Raiders’ current winning streak, her play in the middle and Thursday’s pivotal meeting with Union Pines. She also shares her plans for after high school.
The Richmond Observer will publish its Official Richmond County Male Student-Athlete of the Week soon.