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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: William Wrigley
ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: William Wrigley
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The West Orange Warriors varsity volleyball team (2-0) is off and running this season, with wins over Wekiva and Lake Minneola to the Warriors’ credit already this season. West Orange has no shortage of talent on its roster, but the team seems to feed off of the energy and enthusiasm of senior libero CJ O’Brien — our selection for Athlete of the Week.

How did you get into playing volleyball, and how old were you?

I started playing volleyball in fourth grade, and I played at Windermere Prep. I’ve always been libero, because I was just always short.

What is it that you love about a good dig?

My favorite part about getting a good dig is after, when you’re like, ‘Yeah!’ … You know you’re in the right spot, and it feels perfect.

What’s your personal goal for the season?

My personal record for digs is 34 in a game, so I want to exceed that.

What’s your goal for the team this season?

Definitely to win districts — at least. It’s my last year.

What’s your favorite other sport?

The only other sport I play is golf.

Which game are you most looking forward to this season?

Definitely our home game against Apopka (on Sept. 23).

Who’s your role model/hero when it comes volleyball?

I would say (Olympic gold medalists) Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty-May Treanor, because they’re just awesome. Misty-May is also a defensive specialist, and she’s short, so it gives me hope.

Why do you think it’s valuable to your team to be so enthusiastic and positive?

I feel like your energy is contagious, so if one person has a bad attitude, it’s like a disease. … I feel like if I’m the person to have a lot of energy, it will bring the whole team up.

Take your pick: Gators, Seminoles or Knights?

I’m actually a Gator-hater … but I don’t really root for any college in particular.

Where are you from originally?

My hometown is Fishers, Ind.

What’s your dream car?

My dream car is a Toyota FJ Cruiser.

What’s your dream job?

I want to be a marine biologist.


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