Volleyball can be a challenging sport to learn, and it requires an immense amount of focus.
Most importantly, it is a team sport where an individual cannot succeed without their team.
Faith Christian senior Elizabeth Sasser, who picked up volleyball in the seventh grade, embodies everything a coach could want from a volleyball player.
Sasser is one of the Conquerors top volleyball players, but she takes more pride in being a great teammate on and off the court. Sasser is this week’s Goldsboro Daily News Female Athlete of the Week.
“Even at a young age, I knew how much I loved volleyball,” Sasser said. “I like the trust aspect of it. You really do have to rely on your team.
“You have to trust your team and have a good bond with your team.”
Although the Conquerors did not win many games last year, Sasser enjoyed every minute on the court with her teammates. Because of COVID-19, Sasser is not taking this fall for granted.
Sasser and her teammates realize every game they get to play this year is a gift. Sasser has helped the Conquerors to a 2-2 start this season.
Faith Christian has not a winning season in over a decade, and Sasser would love to end her high school career with a winning season.
Sasser is one of three seniors who returned this fall for the Conquerors. They have been playing together since middle school, so team chemistry is rarely an issue.
“It’s been a family atmosphere as long I’ve been on the team,” Sasser said. “This year is the closest we’ve ever been to each other.
“Each individual has a special relationship, so that helps out a lot. We work hard and play the best we can.”
Sasser added it’s been awesome having Faith Christian volleyball coach Kasey Perry by her side for so many years.
Since eighth grade, Perry was Sasser’s coach, and their bond has only gotten stronger over the years.
“I love it here. It’s all I’ve known, and I wouldn’t change it for anything,” Sasser said. “Coach Perry pushes us to be the best we can, but she also shows how she cares about us, which makes a huge difference in a team sport.”
Sasser will attend the University of North Carolina at Wilmington next Fall, and she hopes to become an ultrasound technician after graduating from college.