Athlete of the Month

Girls Beach Volleyball- Keolani Cross and Jane Taylor

Girls Beach Volleyball is proud to name Sophomore Varsity athletes #8 Keolani Cross and #18 Jane Taylor as our student athletes of the month for March.  Both young women demonstrate on and off the court their commitment to individual and team improvement not only in their physical skills but their mature personalities and welcoming, encouraging attitudes.

Keolani asks all the right questions and takes in every bit of coaching and turns it rapidly into results.  She is the player always asking for more – more repetitions, more workouts, more feedback, more anything to get better, and motivates her peers to work harder by setting that example.  She takes pleasure in helping less experienced players grow their game and grow our program, and shows up every day with a smile and exceptional work ethic.  She is one of the most elite athletes in our program and is crucial in adding wins to our record, but more importantly adds wisdom, kindness, and demonstrates in all her actions what it means to be a team player.  All teams should be so fortunate to have an athlete like Keolani in their program.

Jane gives and takes advice at a maturity level far beyond her years.  She is able to discuss her game at a deeply intellectual level and has the physical capabilities to back it up in action.  In team huddles she always notices the little details about her own performance and that of her teammates, and she has become most trusted by her peers to say something positive, encouraging, honest, and helpful.  Jane is the leader in communication in our program, both during rallies, giving feedback during practices, and liaising between her fellow teammates and coaches. Her incredible athleticism is only made stronger by the fact that her improvement is continuous and completely self-driven.  Jane is the kind of athlete all coaches want to have as a leader in their program.

Track and Field Student Athletes- Nami Hoag and Luca Macari

Coach Frere shares, “ Nami Hoag is a senior leader and sets an example for our younger athletes. He motivates others to do their best. He tries new events and is always looking for ways to improve. He is setting new personal records and has his sights set on success at CIF.

Luca Macari is always giving his best effort. He is on time to practice everyday and shows up ready to work. He is willing to try new events and is a team player. Luca is consistently improving as a result.

Girls Swimming- Tessa Standridge

Coach Carpenter shares, “This month I’d like to highlight junior Tessa Standridge. 

After missing out on competing due to an injury last season, Tessa is back and full of fierce energy this season. As our team’s leading breastroker, she shows excellence in many areas: acting as one of our upperclassmen role models, moving as a force in the weight room, and maintaining a consistent drive to improve in the pool. She is always looking for ways to refine her talents, and is not one to shy away from a challenge. She is a multi-faceted, multi-sport athlete who completes our team in the best way, and she also has the ability to make anyone on the team laugh or smile. I’m proud to be her coach!”