WHY SHE WAS SELECTED:
Montini sophomore outside hitter Paige Pickering had 18 kills for the Lady Broncos in a 22-25, 25-11, 25-19 win over Glenbard West. Pickering talked about the win, the season and more with Suburban Life sports editor Joshua Welge. Here is an edited version of the transcript.
Welge: How big of a win was that for your team?
Pickering: It was huge, it was insane. They beat us last year at their Volley for the Cure, kind of badly. We were down a little bit in this match and we said we can do this. They're a rival of ours, so it was huge.
Welge: How is the season going otherwise?
Pickering: It's going good. We started off a little rough, but that's because we had lost five seniors that were crucial to our success and we had to fill those spots. We're in a better place now. I think we're on an eight-match winning streak.
Welge: What's the ultimate goal?
Pickering: We want to go downstate. Since we're in Class 2A now, it should be a little bit easier. That's definitely one of the things we want to achieve, plus coach has a number of wins in mind.
Welge: How did you start playing volleyball?
Pickering: My mom played volleyball in college at N.C. State, and my sister is a freshman in college and also played volleyball. It's been around me my whole life. I started at a young age. It's always been my main sport.
Welge: Did you always play outside?
Pickering: No, I started out as a setter and a right-side hitter. My 13-year-old year I changed to outside and setter. Now I'm just an outside all-around. We had three setters on my club team. We had to figure it out, so I switched to outside.
Welge: What person do you look up to as a role model?
Pickering: My parents are my huge role models, and also my sister. I strive to play in college and hopefully that comes, it's one of my biggest dreams. They are pretty successful and I hope to be like them some day.