When senior volleyball player Abby Felkai came down to Dawsonville from our northerly neighbors a little over a year ago, she quickly made close bonds with the teammates with whom she would spend the rest of her high school career.
She also rapidly established herself as the team’s offensive metronome.
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A setter by trade, Felkai is accustomed to elevating those around her while also providing a consistent source of scoring chances.
But this year, she has fully embraced a role as the team’s primary middle hitter and scorer. As much as her skills stand out, her ability to help push the team through challenges has played just as vital of a role in the team’s growth this season.
That tenacity was much needed when the team faced a stretch of 10 matches in five days earlier this season.
“I was really proud of the way we came together, especially on Saturday,” Felkai said. “It [was] really exhausting…but obviously you want to win, so you’re pushing with everything you have.”
While Felkai is racking up the kills this season, she has also contributed in other areas as well. On her own serve, she sometimes reverts back to her setter role while also helping out defensively when the other team is on serve.
So far, she leads the team in kills and regularly averages double-digit totals in that category.
For all of her own accomplishments, Felkai remains focused on the team’s efforts as a whole and has been impressed with how confident the whole group has become.
“We understand that there is competition with every team we play and that we need to respect each opponent,” Felkai said. “But we’re coming together and truly believe there’s no team that can take us down if we’re playing the way we need to play.”
Head coach Tanya Porter has had a front-row seat to Felkai’s rise, mentioning earlier this year that Felkai’s switch over to a middle hitter position has been both impressive to watch and important for the team as a whole.
“I was proud of her for making the most of it,” Porter said. “She’s used to being on the setting side of things and making everybody else look good. But she can do both, which is really a great attribute for her.”
As for Felkai’s leadership, it was assistant coach Audrey Goode who summed up the senior’s imprint on the team.
“We put a lot of pressure on her to make sure the [younger players] are doing what they need to do and go in the right direction,” Goode said. “She’s a great leader on the court and keeps us all focused.”