WILMINGTON – When it comes to certain sports and the high level of play required to skyrocket an individual’s skills, volleyball during the school year can only take one up to ‘now. This is the reason why club volleyball has grown across the country at a tremendous rate over the past decades – to help athletes take the necessary steps to be successful in fulfilling their competitive dreams in college. .
Hoggard High School has been a staple across the region when it comes to producing high caliber players who have continued their careers after 12 years.e class. For Madie Schider senior, her experiences over the summer saw her take on some of the best volleyball players in the world on a trip to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
“I started playing in elementary school in Oregon, but I really started to love the sport playing in ninth grade in JV and winning the team MVP title that year at Hoggard, ”Schider said. “After that I started going to many different camps and started to realize that this might be something I could do after high school. “
High performance [HP] Department of USA Volleyball works to advance volleyball talent and create a larger and stronger pipeline of athletes and coaches for our US Olympic teams. The high performance program bridges the gap between our US national teams and youth volleyball programs. Schider competed in a high performance trial in Raleigh this spring and was selected as one of 66 players from across the country born in 1998 and 1999 to receive an invitation to play for the USAV Junior Girls Team.
Schider joined the U.S. Women’s Continental Junior Team in South Florida for the nine-day program, which ran through mid-July. During her time there, she competed on the international stage in an experience of a lifetime.
“There are a lot of HP programs in the United States and probably 15 trials across the country,” added Schider. “After the test, we went to Fort Lauderdale for five days of training, six hours of training a day and two hours of meetings a day. For five days at the end, we actually had a tournament against other countries.
“It was a really cool experience meeting different people. I mean when we played against Canada they spoke French and it was really great not even knowing what they are saying but competing with them. It was an incredible experience. “
A libero is a defensive specialist position. The position was added to the game of indoor volleyball in 1999, with a set of special rules for the game to encourage more digs and gatherings and to make the game more exciting overall.
Often the defensive specialist will be responsible for a much larger portion of the pitch than the rest of the team. The libero is in the game to add control of the ball, so the main responsibility is to pass the ball well so that the team can execute the offense.
“There is no question that Madie is the best Libero I have ever had in my coaching career,” said longtime Hoggard head coach Ron Strickland. “She’s one of the best in the state right now.”
In defense, the libero must dig well, get his hands on each ball in order to keep the game alive. Since the Libero has no actual attacking responsibilities, he or she must chase every ball he or she can. He or she may also be responsible for placement if the ball is hollowed out by the passer or out of reach of the passer.
With all of that in mind, Schider has been able to maintain a strong presence for the Hoggard Vikings, while also making room for maneuver as an individual player. Hard work and talent have already paid off as the senior star committed to playing volleyball for Hillsdale College in Michigan starting in the fall of 2017. She was offered a scholarship, including an art and athletics scholarship.
“I would say to anyone who tries to play volleyball at a young age and maybe in college, it’s to push themselves a little bit harder,” Schider said. “Take every opportunity that presents itself and look at different colleges to give you more options. “
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