Athlete of the Week: Elizabeth Wuerstle, Senior, Tower Hill, volleyball

Athlete of the Week: Elizabeth Wuerstle, Senior, Tower Hill, volleyball


Athlete of the Week: Elizabeth Wuerstle, Senior, Tower Hill, volleyball


THE WEEK: Had nine kills, two aces, one block, two assists in a 3-0 victory over Sanford on Sept. 10 and added two kills and eight aces in a 3-0 victory over St. Andrew’s on Thursday. “It was just a great way to start the season,” said Wuerstle of the conference wins. “We all really learned how we play together in a real game situation, and I think we’ve improved drastically.”

THE SERVE: “Sometimes you just feel it, and it just felt good,” said the senior on her top service game. “I just felt good with the control of the ball. My teammates were super supportive after every [ace].”

THE TRADITION: On the day prior to games, the Hillers dress in black to represent unity. Wuerstle said it keeps the team focused because it’s a constant visual reminder that there’s a game to be played the next day. “We’re all really fun so we really get along,” she said. “I love this team; I love this group of girls. They are such great people, and that just turns them into great teammates.”

THE START: Wuerstle began playing volleyball in eighth grade. She said her cousins convinced her to get involved, and her height (6-foot) doesn’t hurt either. “People were just telling me ‘You should play volleyball’ so I tried it.”

THE MEMORY: Last year, Tower Hill upset No. 3-seed Archmere in the first round of the state tournament. “I don’t think we’ve ever played a better game together, and it was just such a phenomenal experience,” said Wuerstle. “We were all so pumped, and we all played well.”

THE CLASSROOM: The senior enjoys many subjects, but her favorite is physics. “It just clicks. It feels great when you get one of those problems and all that information comes together,” she said.

THE FUTURE: Wuerstle is undecided on what school she will attend next fall, but she would love the opportunity to continue her volleyball journey wherever she goes.

THE SEASON: Tower Hill visits Mount Pleasant today at 5:15 p.m.

THE COACH SAYS: “She probably believes her hitting is her strong point so it’ll be really nice this year, when she can devote all of her attention to her hitting,” said coach Michael Sachs, who added Wuerstle stepped up last year and took on the setter position when no one else had the experience. “I think she’s going to have a really exciting year.”

– Gianna Banner


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