Renee Sturm knew she’d have to take on a much bigger role for what is a younger Williamston volleyball team this fall.
The senior has embraced the challenge and been willing to step in and fill whatever role has been needed of her by the Hornets.
“Offensively I’ve had to contribute a little bit more this year because we have a lot of new players,” Sturm said. “I’ve been taking a lot more swings than in past years and providing leadership on the court. I’ve had to make sure that everyone is doing their job and keeping people in check and keeping people in the right mindset at all times.”
Sturm, who was voted the LSJ prep athlete of the week, did her part last week while helping Williamston build some momentum heading into the state tournament. The outside hitter was a leading contributor while helping the Hornets to a runner-up finish at their own tournament last weekend. She had 63 kills, 35 digs and eight aces for Williamston, which posted wins over Coleman, East Lansing, Mason and New Lothrop before falling in the finals to Tecumseh.
Sturm, who ranks among the mid-Michigan leaders in kills per set and aces per set, was encouraged by the her team’s performance last week.
“That was huge because we just proved to ourselves that we’re capable of winning,” Sturm said. “We’ve kind of struggled throughout the season with that. It was big because it was a home tournament and you obviously want to play well at home. I think that just gives us some confidence going into future games.”
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