Student Athlete of the Week: Ainslie Whitmarsh

STANARDSVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- On senior day at William Monroe the celebration focused on the lone senior Ainslie Whitmarsh, who not only serves on the court but off.

"She's a huge leader, she's one of our captains and I can always trust her to be the kind of tough factor for our team," William Monroe volleyball coach Leah Wimmer said, "She can also be the calming factor."

Whitmarsh has spent the last two years as captain for the Dragons, but her path to the court was not so cut and dry.

"I used to be the clumsy little kid that did not have a clue how to play volleyball," Whitmarsh said.

Then starting in fifth grade, Whitmarsh worked her way to becoming the setter for Monroe with more than 90 assists and an extension of her coach on the court.

"I've become the setter, which is a big thing at least in my opinion to be able to run the plays and lead my teammates," Whitmarsh said.

"She is kind of one of our backbones," Wimmer said, "So she calls our plays, she kind of adjusts with our hitters and stuff like that."

One area she has always excelled in is when the match is at its most intense, Whitmarsh brings a calmness to the court.

"She always keeps a calm demeanor and she's always very, very positive, which is huge especially if you get kind of in a rut," Wimmer said, "But we can always count on her to keep everybody calm and confident."

"Getting upset about something doesn't help at all," Whitmarsh said, "You just kind of got to work your way through it and figure it out."

Even with success on the court and in the classroom, Whitmarsh's biggest achievement is the trust her teammates showed.

"The best part about being a captain was the fact that my teammates choose me and it was a real honor the fact that they decided that I was good enough to be their leader and they trusted me with that," Whitmarsh said.



 
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