Fore holding up Whittell’s star tradition
McGraw, Slover, Masselli, Lambly, Fore – names which conjure greatness in Whittell High School volleyball history.
This year, as the Warriors prepare for their sixth straight state playoff appearance, yet another name has emerged as the next great player in school history – Becca Fore.
Following in the footsteps of her sister, Jessica, the first two years, Becca, the team’s lone senior, has finally forged ahead to create her own red and gold legacy.
“(Becca’s) earned her spot over the course of four years by how much heart she puts into the team,” said Whittell junior Sara van Cleemput. “She’s also taught the juniors that next year we have to put the same effort out on the court if we want to carry on the Whittell volleyball tradition. She’s basically set a path and goal for Whittell volleyball to follow.”
Added Whittell coach Dan McLaughlin, “Whittell has graduated player after player that has been a quality player. There’s been a long line of great players and Rebecca is the latest. She is a very complete player. She not only hits the ball extremely well, she’s one of the most intelligent players I’ve ever had the pleasure of coaching.”
Fore’s ability and court awareness isn’t lost on the team’s setter and person responsible for her team-high kills, Sarah Sufka.
“Becca’s a really smart girl,” Sufka said. “She doesn’t have the, ‘Big girl, me-hit-ball’ attitude. She has every desire to win and high expectations for herself. That’s her goal and she’ll do anything it takes. I know she’ll get the job done.”
Added sophomore Jahna Rico, “We depend on Rebecca a lot. She really helps us out and is one of the main reasons that we’re going to state.”
Despite the history and subsequent pressure to perform, Fore is humbly comfortable with her place in the program and hopes to extend her success at the next level.
“There’s some pressure at the beginning, but it gets more comfortable. I know my skills stand out. It’s a great feeling, but I don’t want to get overconfident and bring it down on the team, like if Rebecca isn’t playing well, then we have no hope. I know it takes the whole team to play well for us to win,” said Fore, who has drawn some major college interest. “I told one of the coaches that I’m a pretty good outside hitter and a defensive specialist. I think that makes me unique because I can go in to college with more than one strength. I’m excited about it.”
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