Camryn Berryhill is off to a very strong start this season, and coach Amy Gaston said that her leadership is one of the things that will help Northwest make a run at a post season berth.
Gaston said that Berryhill brings a lot to the Lady Texans squad and said that she has changed positions this season.
“Physically alone, she is by far the most dynamic hitter on our team,” Gaston said. “She’s transitioned from an OH2 position last year to an OH1. She plays great defense and blocks the ball pretty well, but anybody who has watched her play knows she can thump that ball.
“So physically, she brings everything that a coach would want. She averages 15 kills a match. She holds the school record for the most kills in a single match with 28. She’s just dynamic.”
Gaston said she has relied on Berryhill to provided leadership this season and said the junior outside hitter has responded well.
“We spent a lot of time during the spring talking about leadership and what it meant to be the best player on the team, and to be the go-to player,” Gaston said. “We talked about how it was much more than just putting down 16 kills a match and getting 13 digs, and we talked about all the extra.
“I think she took that to heart, and I think she takes it very personal – the results of the team, not just in the wins and losses column, but that everybody on the team feels like they are a part of our success.”
Berryhill, who is the younger sister of University of Tulsa libero Brooke Berryhill, said that she feels she plays a certain type of role on her team that she welcomes.
“My goal is bring energy and keep things highly competitive,” Berryhill said. “I like to bring fun to the court and make sure that everyone enjoys being there.”
The Northwest junior said this looks like a promising year for the Lady Texans.
“We’re really strong,” Berryhill said. “I feel like we are a very unique team this year. We all get along really well, which is not that common for volleyball. We also love to work hard. Other coaches will say, ‘How do you get your team to work so hard?’ But that doesn’t bother us to work hard.”
Gaston said that she has been very impressed with the way that Berryhill grown into her leadership role, and Berryhill said that she has some definite goals for this season.
“Personally, my goals are to break a new record, make first team all-district and hopefully get noticed by some colleges,” Berryhill said. “As a team, I think we can win district and make the playoffs.”
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