C.B. Aycock’s Abbey Thomas is the definition of a student-athlete.
The senior, who plays volleyball, softball, and basketball, knows what it takes to be a successful student-athlete. For her dedication, she is this week’s Brian Allen State Farm Insurance Female Athlete of the Week.
No matter what sport Thomas is playing, she is usually one of the best athletes on the court or field.
“I would say volleyball is definitely my favorite sport,” Thomas said. “I’ve played softball since I was about eight or nine, and that used to be my mine sport, but then I think I got tired of it, and I started playing volleyball in middle school.
“Playing all three sports really keeps me in shape.”
She has a .494 batting average on the softball diamond, a .531 on-base percentage, 66 RBIs, 23 doubles, and six home runs. The Golden Falcons have been playoffs every season with Thomas on the roster.
On the volleyball court, Thomas’ numbers are equally impressive. She finished last season with 309 kills, 201 blocks, 266 digs and 71 aces., and the Golden Falcons reached the second round of playoff last season.
“We’ve always had strong teams,” Thomas said. “Hopefully, this year is the same if not better.”
Her attention to detail makes her easy to coach, and her favorite part of playing sports is the competition combined with the team atmosphere.
Thomas, who has verbally committed to play volleyball at East Tennesse University, does not keep all the credit for her success to herself. Still, she feels that it was the overall team dynamic that created an environment in which she had the chance to become a successful student-athlete.