Updated: Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012, 6:42 PM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012, 6:00 PM EDT
CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) - The Carmel Greyhounds are gearing up for a state tournament run this season, and they couldn’t have done it without their star outside hitter Carly Skjodt.
“She’s the best player in the state regardless of class or age,” said Carmel head coach Rich Coleman.
“I just still try to work as hard every day to get better and to make myself better in every aspect,” said Skjodt.
Skjodt has been key to Carmel’s run this season; one that may bring home the school’s first ever volleyball state title and one that has changed the perception of the program around the state.
“She’s been a staple for Carmel volleyball and the resurgence of Carmel volleyball,” added Coleman. “She’s the foundation that we build on. She’s always there when we need her. She’s a great leader on and off the court. ”
She has equal dedication to her studies; she’s an honors student at Carmel High. Like her schoolwork, being a volleyball star takes time and sacrifice. Once a standout soccer player, she had to give up just about everything else but volleyball and her studies to get to an elite level on the court.
“We work all summer for high school and the rest of the time is club, so it’s pretty much all year,” said Skjodt. “I do miss out sometimes hanging out with friends but volleyball’s definitely worth it for me because it’s a lot of fun.”
“She’s just a very gifted athlete,” added Coleman. “She could be a soccer star; she could be a basketball star; there’s a lot of things she does well and her athletic ability translates to the volleyball court really well.”