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Athlete Spotlight: Katie Chancellor

Posted: August 15, 2012 - 12:17am
Grovetown volleyball player Katie Chancellor plays middle and outside hitter. She is one of eight seniors on the team, which won its region last year.  Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Grovetown volleyball player Katie Chancellor plays middle and outside hitter. She is one of eight seniors on the team, which won its region last year.

Grovetown’s Katie Chancellor isn’t afraid of challenges. She prefers them.

So the senior, who started playing volleyball her freshman year, should be happy this year. She and her teammates have a few challenges to face.

Chancellor plays middle and outside hitter for the Lady Warriors, who went 19-12 in 2011.

Given the choice, Chancellor would stay at outside hitter.

“I just like it,” she said. “It’s really challenging. A lot of people say that middle is harder, but to me I feel like outside is harder.”

A homegrown product, Chan­cellor is no stranger to the county.

“Originally I’m from Evans,” she said.

“I attended Greenbrier my elementary and middle school years, then when the re-zoning happened, I went to Harlem and stayed there two years and transferred over to Grovetown.”

She quickly has become a person upon whom head coach Amy Slagle relies.

“This year she’s probably going to be my go-to player,” said Slagle. “She’s awesome.”

While appreciative of accolades from her coach, Chancellor is one of eight seniors on the team and thinks each person on the squad is just as valuable as the other.

“We have two great captains, but I feel like we all kind of step up and we each take a part,” Chan­cellor said. “We all have individual roles that we fulfill on the court. It’s a team effort, I believe.”

That team effort is something that might be needed more often than not this season as the Lady Warriors jump from AAA to AAAAA to join the likes of Greenbrier, Evans and Lakeside.

Naturally, it’s something she looks forward to with anticipation.

“I love it,” she said. “Last year we won our region, which is great, but I think that we also need a really good challenge.”

She is hoping to play volleyball at the college level next year, but is keeping quiet about which school she wants to attend.

She wants to continue to get better, focusing on her serve receive and hit receive.

“I feel like the two things I’m working on are two that always need to be improved on,” Chancellor said. “You have to read the hitters and where they’re going to hit it, and it’s about watching them more.”

When Chancellor is done at Grovetown, she will turn the volleyball reins over to her 13-year-old sister Grace, who is on the Lady Warriors’ junior varsity squad.

“I’m always trying to help her out, be the leader in the relationship since I’m the older sister,” Chancellor said. “I would say that she looks up to me in the volleyball sense. I’ve had more experience than she has.”

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