Nicole Buhr has been required to draw on one aspect of her skill set more than any other over the last season — her adaptability.
Buhr, a junior, has emerged as a team leader for the Grapevine volleyball team, and coach Whitney Woody said she plays a pivotal role in her team’s success.
“She had to wear a couple of different hats, as she moved between playing middle blocker when we needed her and also right side as a blocker and right side attacker,” Woody said. “Nicole was extremely flexible and was always a team player when it came to moving between those two positions.”
Buhr said the sport of volleyball to her reveals the character of a person in many more ways than how an athlete handles victory or defeat.
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“Volleyball has introduced me to a lot of new people, places and atmospheres,” Buhr said. “This is one of the many great things about team sports; however, it has also brought on several challenges throughout my life.
I am a firm believer that however much work you put in will be exactly how much reward you get in the end.
“Whether it’s staying up late to study, being mentally prepared to go hard in practice everyday or even just making sure you’re encouraging your teammates after a long day at school, volleyball has tested me to be a better person and learn something from each of these daily struggles,” she said.
Buhr said that she was pleased with last season and said that playing different positions really helped her develop her game.
“I had a solid sophomore season, and overall learned a lot from getting to play on the right side,” Buhr said. “This year, I am looking forward to taking on a bigger role as an outside hitter and playing back row.”
Buhr, a first team all-district selection in 2016, said she believes in setting the expectations high for she and her teammates in 2017.
“I am a firm believer that however much work you put in will be exactly how much reward you get in the end,” Buhr said. “I expect the team to make a playoff run. I think a good goal for us would be to take first in the district so that we can have a better seed heading into the postseason.”
Woody said Buhr has already made her presence felt early on this season and said she feels quite confident that she will continue to be a force throughout the year.
“This year Nicole will be a starting outside hitter and six-rotation player for GHS,” Woody said. “So, her role has changed significantly. She has shown great improvement in her back row defensive play and continues to improve in her diversity on the front row. Nicole is in the top two for attempts so far this season and is currently sitting at a hitting percentage of .175 and 35 digs.”
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