Athlete of the Week Sept. 18

Athlete of the Week Sept. 18

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Athlete of the Week Sept. 18

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Courtney MacDonald

Junior * A.I. du Pont * volleyball

THE WEEK: MacDonald had nine kills, four aces, one block and 30 digs in a five-set volleyball win over Wilmington Friends and 12 kills, four aces and 19 digs in a three-set win over Appoquinimink.

THE RALLY: A.I. du Pont won the first two sets against Friends then lost the next two before winning the final set, 15-13. “We went into a team huddle and we talked it out,” MacDonald said. “We pulled it back up again, and we won that match. It was really tough, but we just hustled and kept our cool.”

THE ACES: MacDonald scored four aces in both wins with a new jump serve. “I’ve been practicing it a lot,” she said. “I’ve been working on my toss and always keeping my elbow up so the ball can go over the net straight down.”

THE STRENGTH: “I think my strongest point is my volleyball IQ,” said MacDonald, who has been playing since first grade. “I like to place the ball in certain places where it makes it difficult for them to play the ball.”

THE COACH SAYS: “What makes Courtney so good is her knowledge of the game,” A.I. coach James Phillips said. “She’s been playing a really long time, and she’s a smart kid. She knows how to get herself in good situations and get herself out of bad situations.”

THE CLASSROOM: “I like chemistry,” MacDonald said. “I like the labs and everything we do, just finding out new things and seeing what happens when you mix two chemicals together.”

THE FUTURE: “I would love to go to college, preferably in a different state,” MacDonald said. “I’d like to get out and see new things. I hope I can play volleyball in college, too. I’ve been playing my whole life, so I don’t want to quit.”

— Brad Myers

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