The Chaparral Firebirds girls’ volleyball team has a secret weapon under their belt in Amber Stivrins, a 6-foot, one-inch sophomore, with an arm that can dominate throughout an entire game and leads her team in kills.
“She is one of the younger girls on the team and has stepped up as a leader so far,” Assistant Varsity Coach Michael Antonucci said. “As long as she keeps growing, I see big things for her.”
Ms. Stivrins’ second year on the varsity volleyball team has shaped up to become a vital player to help win the matches. She won Player of the Match awards on Sept. 15 and Sept. 22.
Coach Antonucci said Ms. Stivrins has a “steady presence on the court” and the other players can count on her to stay in the game and keep her eye on the ball no matter what the score board says.
Ms. Stivrins has played a big role in the Firebirds being ranked 13 in the state. She showed a strong bond with her teammates on the court as well as off the court, according to Ms. Stivrins.
“The beginning of the season was kind of rough but towards the end of it we are bonding better so it is turning out pretty well,” said Ms. Stivrins, the outside hitter.
The 2016 varsity volleyball team won 23 games and lost eight this year, with four games left in the season, and four more games for Ms. Stivrins to show off her strong arm.
According to Varsity Head Coach Amanda Burbridge, Ms. Stivrins is one of the team’s best passers and allows her other attackers to be successful as well, along with setting up the middle court.
“She can terminate the ball and she is becoming more dynamic at doing that,” Coach Burbridge said. “She is developing and struggled at first to find consistency and she is starting to find consistency in every match.”
Editor’s note: Ms. Kaufman is a journalism student at Arizona State University