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Spotlight: River’s Allison Bennett

By Staff | Jun 26, 2019

River’s Allison Bennett is in the Sports Spotlight this week. The Pilots’ seasoned setter is back for her fourth and final campaign in Hannibal.

This week’s Wetzel Chronicle Spotlight Athlete of the Week is up-coming River Pilot senior Allison Bennett. She will be heading into the 2019 volleyball season as a 4-year senior setter.

Besides being the team’s setter, she also ran track for two seasons, and is a three-year River cheerleader during the football season. She, along with fellow classmate Katie Straub, have been playing volleyball since sixth grade, and have continued to get better and better in every season.

During her last two seasons, Bennett has scored 270 service points, with 40 aces each season, while only making 19 service errors. Last season, Allison served up an astounding 97.5 percent of her serves. She also has made 59 kills, and has dished out 1,250 assists, while making 335 digs. Not bad for two years as the setter.

While only playing in a reserve roll as a freshman, Bennett had 159 assists, giving her 1,409 for her career.

As you will see in her bio, she gives it everything she has from the first serve till the final whistle. Her goal in volleyball is to dish out over 600 assists her senior year to eclipse 2,000-assists for her career.

Her honors in volleyball include being Eastern District 12 Honorable Mention – in all three seasons. She was All-Valley Honorable Mention, as well as All Wetzel Tyler Volleyball Team – Second Team -in her junior season.

Other awards were OVAC Academic Achiever – in her first three seasons, as well as a cheerleader, and a UCA All American. In the classroom, she is a National Honor Society; HOBY Ambassador, and is an Honor Student.

The Wetzel Chronicle asked her a few questions about herself and this is how she answered:

What expectations do you have of yourself as a player, and what do you expect from your coach? I expect myself to give 100 percent on and off the floor. For my coach to be fair & helpful.

What have you learned about teamwork from being on the team? Teamwork always overcomes just playing as an individual.

What foods do you have to give up when you’re in training? None, I just cut back a little on my intake of food.

What words of advice or encouragement do you have to share with younger athletes? Listen to your coaches, always be open to criticism without attitude, and “Never roll your eyes at your coach”!

What coaches, teacher, or other people have been great influences in your life and why or how? I would say it’s hard to choose because each and every person has helped shape me into the person I am today, from all aspects!

What one word or phrase do you want people to associate with your name? Persistent

What are your strengths and weaknesses as a player in the sport(s) you play? Strengths – Aggressive and experience. Weaknesses – Being hard on myself and trying to be a perfectionist

What do the coaches/parents/other adults do that makes sports more enjoyable for you? Showing up to games and events, to cheer us on.

What do the coaches/parents/other adults do that makes sports more stressful and less enjoyable? They take the game too seriously, getting upset with the girls on the court.

In the bus ride home after the game do you like to talk about the game, or would you rather wait till later or the next day? Wait until the next day, while watching the film.

What are your goals for your team next season in volleyball, and how do you plan on achieving your team goals? I would like to have a winning record and a drama free team. Working hard at practice.

What is something about you that most people don’t know? I’m planning on going to Marietta College – Physician Assistant program.

What would you like to see, sports wise at your school that you don’t have already? A track – to hold home meets at & practices on.

If you could change a rule or school policy, what would it be and why? The grading scale to be similar to other schools because our students would be eligible for more scholarships.