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Athlete of the Week
Leading on the court

by Wendi Reardon

September 19, 2012

Rachel Dickerson sends the ball over the net in the Lady Wolves home opener against Seaholm last Thursday. Photo by Larry Wright
Senior Rachel Dickerson dove to the gym floor and hit the volleyball towards the net.

She looked up just in time to see it go over to the net and into Birmingham Seaholm's side. The ball was unreturned to earn a point for Clarkston in their home opener and OAA Red league match.

The Lady Wolves finished the game, 3-1. Dickerson has become used to tough competition during her time playing volleyball especially after finishing in the Final Four at the state finals last year.

This year is no different as the team is now 25-3-1 and they still have six weeks to go until playoffs begin.

Dickerson's goal is to help keep the team going strong as they get deeper into the season.

"I want to bring the same intensity that we did last year and never get down," she said. "We can be just as successful as last year as long as we have the same team chemistry. I think we can get just as far."

Dickerson began playing volleyball in seventh grade after friends introduced her to it through Clarkston Volleyball Camp.

"I tried it and I ended up quitting tennis to play volleyball," she said, explaining she liked the team aspect of the sport. "I loved being on a team and have everyone pick each other up. It's the one thing I didn't like about tennis. I didn't like feeling it was only on me. In volleyball, you have everyone around you to support you."

She plans on continuing playing volleyball after graduation and has already verbally committed to Grand Valley State University.

"I loved the campus and the area when I met the team," she smiled. "I just love the atmosphere in the gym."

Dickerston is undecided about her course of study but is leaning towards veterinary school.

"I have always love animals," she smiled.

For the young Lady Wolves aspiring to continue the volleyball tradition she said keep practicing and getting out there.

"Even if you think you can't - you can," Dickerson added. "You can do anything you want as long as you work hard at it."