Spotlight: Hope Weber
The Spotlight for June 26, 2019 is shining on Paden City High School two-sport star Hope Weber. Weber will begin her junior year this coming fall and if her first two years are any indication of what’s to come, Wildcat fans are in for a treat. At 5’11, Weber excels in both Volleyball and Track for the Cat’s. She is also a 4.0 student and a member of the National Honor Society and is an outstanding art student having placed second and third in the county.
Hope has helped the Wildcats to two straight OVAC volleyball championships and was named the OVAC Class A player of the year as a freshman. She was named to the OVAC First Team as a freshman and sophomore while also being named to the All-Valley Team both years. Weber’s honors don’t stop there however as she was named second team All-State both seasons and first team All-Mason-Dixon conference both years as well. Her sophomore season she was named a first team Wetzel/Tyler Newspaper All-Star.
Hope was Co-Captain for the Cat’s her sophomore season and expects to continue in that role again this coming season. Her main goal for 2019 is to help the Wildcats get their first ever berth in the state volleyball tournament in Charleston. She also wants to lead the Cat’s to their third straight OVAC Championship and win the Mason Dixon for the third straight time.
She is approaching 1,000 career kills and is looking forward to reaching that goal as well.
This season will mark her third year as a starter for the Wildcats and could be one for the record books. In her first two seasons, the Cat’s have won a combined 62 matches. Along with teammate Mallory Yeater, they could be the first two Wildcats to ever go over 120 wins in four years.
She could also become Paden City’s All-Time leader in kills.
She is an excellent server as well with a serve percentage of over 90 percent.
Hope is dedicated to becoming the best she can be. She is also a great team player who is willing to help the younger kids. During the off-season Hope continues to play volleyball and has been playing club ball out of Waterford, Ohio for the past three years.
Two years with the SEO Attack team and this year with the New Wave Volleyball Club.
Look for her to bring that experience to the Wildcat gym floor this season as the Wildcats return the entire team from last year.
Weber was a big part of the girls track team this past season as she finished third individually in the discus at the OVAC meet and made it to the state tournament in Charleston where she finished eighth among all Class A schools. She is a competitor who will do whatever it takes to help her team to victory. Look for an exciting season this fall for the Wildcats Volleyball team.