Athlete of The Week
Acing the court
October 05, 2011 - Senior Angela Niezgoda is counting on her experience and leadership to help her teammates make it to Battle Creek for the MHSAA Volleyball State Finals.
Angela Niezgoda poises for a serve against Rochester Adams, Sept. 8. Photo by Wendi Reardon (click for larger version)
"I think confidence is really key for us," she said, reflecting back to the Clarkston High School Girls Varsity Volleyball team's trip to quarterfinals last year. "We need to know we are good and we can back it up with the talent we have. Hopefully we go really far in the playoffs and I know we can as long as we play together."
Niezgoda aided the team in their two wins against Farmington and North Farmington. She had seven aces against Farmington and two aces and 21 digs against North Farmington.
"She has been playing great for us," said Coach Kelly Avenall. "It is her second year on varsity and she didn't play much last year."
Niezgoda began playing volleyball seven years ago when she participated in a clinic.
"I ended up really liking it," she said. "I ended up going into travel volleyball then school volleyball."
A part of volleyball she enjoys is how it is a team sport but can still add her personal touch, especially in her position as defensive specialist.
"I am shorter so I can jump," she added. "But I am better at digging and bringing the balls up."
Besides playing volleyball, Niezgoda snowboards in the winter and volunteers at a hospital.
"During the summer I job shadowed," she said. "I experienced different parts of the medical field because I really want to be an anesthesiologist."
Niezgoda has always had an interest to work in to medical field but admitted the interest heightened after she was able to experience it.
"I also have been stronger in math and science," she added. "It just seemed to be a perfect fit."
She currently has a 3.95 grade point average and is in the International Baccalaureate program at the high school.
"It has really prepped me for college because of the research and figuring stuff out on your own," Niezgoda added."You really have to dive in and be able to explore and learn on your own which I really like."
Niezgoda and fellow teammates Maddie Lightfoot and Stephanie Marani will be honored next Tuesday during senior night when they host Rochester. JV begins at 5:30 p.m.
Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.