Q and A session: Wheeler senior Sarah Spracklin

Q and A session: Wheeler senior Sarah Spracklin



1. What are your personal goals for this season and how do you expect to achieve them?

I want to contribute as much as I can to a positive team dynamic by being a positive role model and encouraging everyone. I’m more of a vocal leader. Communication is a really, really big part of volleyball. It helps in every aspect.

2. What are the team goals for this season and how can they be achieved?

The ECC recently created a Division IV, which is a better fit for us. We’re going to try to win Division IV, and, if we can, qualify for states, which takes eight wins. More importantly, we want to mesh as a team and have good chemistry. The best feeling, even if we’re making mistakes or losing, is when you have your team behind you to pick you back up.

3. Who inspires you and why?

Kerri Walsh inspires me because she’s 40, has three kids, and is still playing extremely competitive  beach volleyball. I hope I can be like that when I’m 40.

4. What is your most memorable moment as an athlete?

When I scored my first lacrosse goal. I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited; I jumped like two feet in the air I was so happy.

5. What has been your greatest challenge?

Being an athlete isn’t as natural as academics to me, so a lot of offseason work — through clinics, club teams and the beach — was put into becoming a varsity-level athlete.

6. What are your plans after graduation and why?

To attend a competitive college (not sure which one yet), earn my degree and be involved in medical research and curing diseases.

FAVORITES

Sport: Volleyball

Pro athlete: (U.S. men’s national volleyball team member) Matt Anderson

Pro team: Toronto Blue Jays, I guess

Subject/class: Math

Movie: “Caddyshack”

TV show: “Criminal Minds”

Actor: Bill Murray, specifically his role in “Caddyshack”

Song: “Ballin’,” by PnB Rock

Band/musician: Future

Food: Pizza

UP CLOSE

Family: My mom (Debbie Carson), my dad (Douglas Spracklin) and my brother (Ian)

Hometown: North Stonington

Hobbies/interests: Riding horses, volleyball, lacrosse, pit orchestra

If I weren’t involved in athletics: I’d ride more horses.

I’d give anything to meet: Barack Obama

COACH’S TAKE

“Sarah’s clearly a phenomenal player, and that’s not just talk. She has put in the work — she plays club volleyball, she’s out on the beach. She is by far a great all-around player. She has all the skills. Her volleyball skills are only surpassed by her leadership skills, but her leadership style is very quiet and unassuming. I see her helping the younger players a lot — she passes on her knowledge, she instructs, she works with them quietly. Not in a here-let-me-show-you-what-I-know kind of way, but just helping them to know where to be on the court, how to pass, how to hit. All the stuff coaches love to see, I’ve seen that in Sarah, and it’s really appreciated. It’s what makes her not only a great player but a great person.”

— Jeff Cummings, Wheeler girls volleyball coach


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