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Hammerquist leads MHS volleyball team to state

Created on:   Thu, Nov 9, 2017   10:32 PM

Last modified:   Thu, Nov 9, 2017   10:32 PM

The Dominion Post

MORGANTOWN — Every team needs a great leader. For Morgantown volleyball, senior setter Hailee Hammerquist plays that role.

The Mohigans lost a number of seniors from a tough state tournament team, and to return as they will Nov. 10, they needed new leaders.

As a co-captain, Hammerquist stepped up and helped lead the team well.

“It requires a lot of perseverance and a positive attitude at all times,” Hammerquist said. ”Throughout the season, there are times when my team would be down or frustrated, and I know as one of the captains they look at me, so at all times I have to be encouraging.”

Hammerquist has done well, helping lead her squad to an 18-6 record and another trip to the state tourney.

“It’s an amazing feeling to be a part of such an amazing team,” Hammerquist said. “Each one of us has worked so hard to be in the position we are today. I wouldn’t have wanted to lead any other team.”

Hammerquist adds state tournament playing experience and a mental leader to the floor for the Mohigans, bringing with her a wide knowledge of the game gained from years of experience.

“As a senior who has been playing for many years, I feel like I add knowledge and a necessary positive attitude,” she said. “I’m one of those players who will make a mistake and immediately forget about it because volleyball is as much of a mental sport as a physical one.”

Hammerquist believes that attitude has a major impact on the game, and aims to stay positive.

“I’ve learned that moving on and staying positive is a key role in winning the game,” she said.

Hammerquist adds that she tries to remind her team to stay positive as well, as she thinks it will lead to more success as a squad.

“I continue to remind my teammates of this and encourage them even after bad plays,” she said.

Hammerquist will miss playing for Morgantown after she graduates, mostly due to the community surrounding the program.

“The best part of playing at MHS is definitely the people who are not only on the court with me but the many that are working hard off the court as well,” she said. “The community at MHS is also what makes it one of the best programs.”

Hammerquist said she would also like to thank Morgantown head coach Art Manantan for all he has done.

“I would like to add how grateful I am to be a part of this team and be playing for Coach Art. He was such an amazing coach,” Hammerquist said.

The Mohigans will face off against Spring Valley in the WVSSAC Class AAA quarterfinals, at 1:30 p.m. today. The game will take place at the Civic Center in Charleston.