This week’s athlete of the week is Freshman Volleyball player Shelby Swann. Shelbyplays the libero position, and her defensive play is what makes her a standout. When asked who inspired her to play volleyball, Shelby replied, “I started in the 9th grade, I was curious about the sport and needed a fall sport to play before basketball season.” Volleyball has become an important part of her life next to her love for basketball. She plans to play during this upcoming basketball. Basketball is her passion, but it’s difficult for her to choose which sport is her favorite. When asked how she prepares for games, she said, “I let music get me pumped before a game.” On her iPod, she enjoys listening to rapper Lil Wayne or Paramour. I asked Shelby what exactly helps her be the contributor that she is, “being that I am at the libero position, I am depended on to play defense.” She didn’t seem to want to talk too much about her contributions, but instead glorifies junior, Ellen Bethea and freshman, Keisha Johnson for their vocal strength, and the energy and inspiration they bring to the entire team. Aside from sports, Shelby plans to pursue a career in physical therapy, which will keep her around sports.
Submitted by Denesha Jones