Greene excels with power
Addy Greene was voted Suffolk News-Herald Player of the Week after combining for 31 kills, nine aces and nine digs in two Nansemond-Suffolk Academy wins.
NSA continues to have a strong talent factory when it comes to girls’ volleyball. Greene is just another example of the many talented athletes the Lady Saints possess. Last week against Norfolk Christian, Greene had a career high of 17 kills in a win. In the following game, she added 14 kills against a tough Peninsula Catholic team, helping the Lady Saints grab that win too.
Even though the Player of the Week award is an individual accolade, Greene knows it is not possible without her teammates.
“I definitely wouldn’t have received this without the people with me on that court and on that team,” she said. “They keep me up, and that is who we all do it for, each other. So, I am just thankful for my teammates that got me here.”
NSA was expected to return a young team this year. It was considered to be somewhat of a rebuilding year after a state runner-up team lost many of its contributors to graduation. But Greene believes her team has surpassed any expectations anyone had for them this year. In every game, she plays hard to help her team prove themselves. Having the hunger to prove themselves is something that motivates Greene night in and night out. Every night, she goes out and plays for the person beside her.
“We may be a small team who hasn’t played together for a long time, but we have a lot of heart,” Greene said. “We like that people doubt us.”
Lady Saints coach Robyn Ross inspires Greene in many ways. Ross inspires Greene to be better than she was yesterday, and not just on the volleyball court. She believes that Greene is one of the most powerful hitters she has coached.
“She makes it more than about volleyball, and that tells you about the person she is,” Greene said. “She definitely inspires me to be a better person, teammate and player.”
Before the Lady Saints pink game, Greene volunteered to cut some of her hair off for the Locks of Love cause. She viewed the opportunity as giving something of hers to someone who needs it more than she does. It is also a testament to how Ross inspires her to be a better person.
Before the season, Greene didn’t set any specific statistical goals for herself. She just wanted to step up and be a leader for the team. As a team, they had a goal to prove people wrong, and that is all she wanted to focus on and be a part of. As an athlete, she can be defined as a competitor and a great teammate. She doesn’t focus on the numbers but rather on just doing what she can for her team.
Greene and the Lady Saints will be in action again at home against Portsmouth Christian School at 6 p.m. Monday.