Student Athlete of the Week: Christina Walker

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PALMYRA, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Christina Walker is no stranger to hard work. When she decided she wanted to become a six rotation player and outside hitter as a senior, she started putting in the work.

"Pressure was on to do well," Walker said, "and I just ran with it because I just loved playing for six rotations instead of three."

"When she sets her mind to do something, she makes it happen," said Fluvanna County volleyball coach Christi Harlowe. "She's been around the sport since she was old enough to walk, so her mental age is way ahead of a lot of kids her age."

Work hard has been Walker's mindset throughout high school. That led her to sign with George Mason to continue her volleyball career in college.

"I've been dreaming about this since I was in eighth grade," Walker said. "To actually see that dream come to life and to come into reality, into my reality, was just overwhelming, but also, amazing. I just kind of realized in that moment that 'wow, this is a blessing and I'm going to run with this.'"

A captain for the Flucos, Walker also has a perfect GPA at Fluvanna County High School. But its her leadership off the court that sticks out to her head coach.

"She has done a great job leading and teaching and bringing along the kids that are behind her," Harlowe said, "with a level of maturity that you don't always have."

As the Flucos prepare for life without Walker, she is preparing for the next phase of her life.

"Hopefully college is going to unleash a beast that we have enjoyed but will be even better at that next level."

"Its been an amazing journey. It kind of signifies that I'm starting a new one in the fall so its just overwhelming, but also so exciting."