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PREP SPOTLIGHT: Elana Fuller

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D.H. Conley's Elana Fuller, left, goes up against J.H. Rose's Abby Wordsworth during their game on Sept. 11, 2018. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)

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By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Q: How did you get started in volleyball?

A: “I was 14. There was a travel ball meeting at my dad’s work, and he asked if I was interested. I told him that I wasn't really interested in it. Then my dad and my mom both made me go, so I tried out and I made the second-lowest team. It wasn’t too bad for my first time trying.”

Q: It takes a lot of work to have the success you and your team have achieved. Do you practice away from your team?

A: “Yeah, I do individually. We trained in the offseason, which we haven’t done before. We did weightlifting and a ton of conditioning.”

Q: You guys are undefeated so far this season (14-0). Is there any pressure continuing your season and living up to the great teams of the past? 

A: “It’s definitely exciting, and there’s a lot of pressure knowing we have a target on our back from every team. We lost our best hitter last season so being a senior this year, I wasn’t sure how (the season) was going to go. Us seniors being leaders, we set the bar very high. Coach always says, ‘Always give 110%.’

Q: What is it like playing in a conference with other great volleyball programs like J.H. Rose and South Central?

A: “It’s very tough. There’s a lot of nerves before a big game, but talking to each other and communication is a big part of how we play. I think an advantage we have is that we played a big game against Chapel Hill before the season started. It helped our team know that no one else can hang with us.”

Q: How do you balance being a great athlete and a great student?

A: “I really try to stay organized. I keep a calendar of what I need to do. My friends help as well. It’s a lot easier because I have a great support system with my family. I understand that if I have to miss a practice to study I have to do that, because school comes first.”

Q: What advice would you give to younger athletes who want to succeed on the court and in the classroom?

A: “I’d say listen to your parents. There’s a lot of times where I’ve thought, ‘I wish I listened to them.’ I’d also say get ahead early. You have to get ahead of the game early, play young and practice a lot. In the end it’s your life. You have to go get what you want out of it.”

Contact Jake Keator jkeator@reflector.com, 252-329-9594 and follow @JakeKeatorDR on Twitter.

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