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Martinson filling two roles

Rolette senior is a hitter and a blocker

September 24, 2010
By Matt Mullally

Rolette senior Macy Martinson made the switch from middle hitter to outside left hitter on the volleyball court to provide more offense at the net for the Comets.

However, the change meant the squad would lose Martinson's blocking prowess in the middle and that was evident in the first few weeks of the season.

Martinson couldn't cover two spots, or could she?

"We're working to get her to fill both spots,' said R-W coach Jason Heinz said. "She will continue to play the outside when the ball is on our side and make the switch to the middle when we're on defense."

So far, it's a work in progress and it's going to take time for the front row attackers to get used to moving around.

"It's going to take a lot of communication,' said Macy, who is in her third year on varsity. "We're working on it in practice."

However, if it can be perfected, the Comets will be a tougher team at the net to play against.

Heinz said Macy's willingness to make the switch reflects her team-first attitude. "She's a quiet kid, but she leads by example,' Heinz said.

As the lone senior in the program, Martinson understands the important role she must play.

"There is more pressure (on me) to play well each match and be a good leader,' she said.

Her stats certainly reflect that. She is among the leaders in kills, blocks and service aces.

Martinson prides herself on being a complete player and knows she can always improve.

"I still want to be a stronger hitter, be more aggressive hitting the ball,' she admits.

Front row attackers have to hit the set at its apex and drive the ball to an open area on the court and they have just a split second to put it all together.

"There is a lot more to it than jumping up in the air and hitting the ball and I've been practicing hitting since the seventh grade and I'm working on it,' Martinson said.

The Comets one and only trip to regional play occurred three years ago, and Macy would love to get the opportunity to guide the squad to its second later this season.

She knows the Comets have a good shot at qualifying this year, but it will need to pick up its play in the second half.

"We know it's definitely a possibility,' she said. "We need to step it up (to earn it)."

 
 

 

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