Brittingham does it with leadership

Published 12:07 am Saturday, October 6, 2018

Kaitlyn Brittingham was voted Suffolk News-Herald Player of the Week after posting 14 kills and five aces in a Suffolk Christian Academy girls’ volleyball win.

Brittingham, a senior for the SCA girls’ volleyball team, was efficient for the Lady Knights in a 3-0 win against Oaktree Academy. She finished the game with 14 kills and five aces. Her serve percentage was an 86.7, and in four sets she averaged 3.5 kills per set.

“I was really proud of my performance,” Brittingham said. “I think it was one of the best games I have had all season. I’m thankful for all my teammates’ amazing passes and sets that made it all possible.”

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Brittingham is one of the captains on the team as a senior, and she has done well handling that responsibility. When she was named a captain, she decided to make it a goal to lead the team through her actions and attitude on and off the court. With the help of her coaches and fellow captain Meredith Farmer, she feels like she is helping lead the team in the right direction.

“I wanted to lead a team that was not only united and determined but one that also glorified God,” she said. “The people around me help me accomplish that.”

Before the season started, Brittingham set some goals for herself. So far, she has done well maintaining the goals she set. One of them was to maintain a 90-percent serving percentage, and so far, she has reached that goal this season. She also wanted to improve her hitting, which she has done as well.

The senior Lady Knight is motivated by many things. First and foremost, she plays to honor her savior Jesus Christ. Her parents inspire her both on the court and off of it. While she is on the floor, she also plays to the best of her ability for her teammates. At times, she feels she puts too much pressure on herself to play well, because that’s what she feels her team deserves.

Brittingham has been playing for SCA since the sixth grade. When she first started, she was short and couldn’t attack the ball, but she could pass. From her eighth- to 10th-grade years she was the libero. She started to get taller and eventually moved to outside hitter, and now she is the primary outside hitter on the team. Her progression over the years has been solid, and it has led to her becoming one of the leaders of the team.

In her spare time, Brittingham likes to volunteer often. She spends a lot of her free time volunteering for many of her school’s clubs and other service-oriented organizations.