(Originally written for The Oregonian: SPORTS SPOTLIGHT ON MADDIE MARSHALL on OREGONLIVE.COM)  


Maddie Marshall Vball Pic.jpg(Maddie Marshall of Lakeridge High School says she loves the team chemistry volleyball.-Photo: )
Age: 17
Hometown: Lake OswegoGrade/School: 12/Lakeridge High School

Team name: Lakeridge Pacers

Coach: Wendy Stammer

Position: Middle Blocker

Highlights of season: “The final game of the season – the state championship against Central Catholic — was by far the most memorable game and experience that I have ever had. The first game of the match was very intense and was an important win that motivated us for the rest of the game (31-29). Even though we lost the next game (23-25) it still felt like we were in control of the match. Everyone came together for the next two games (25-12) and (25-22) and played the best games of volleyball we have ever had this season. We played for ourselves with nothing to lose. I had 10 kills in that game. Personally, I was awarded first team all league, first team all tournament, and first team all state this season.”

How she got started: “I played basketball for five years before I started volleyball but decided to play club volleyball my eighth grade year with the influence and persuasion from one of my teammates. Then I fell in love with volleyball and gave up basketball to play volleyball full time.”

Coach’s advice: “To play my hardest, fight for every point, and believe I am unstoppable.”

Favorite part of sport: “I love the team chemistry volleyball has, and the feeling of coursing a ball on the 10-foot line or blocking a hit straight down.”

Favorite meal the night before the big event: “I love to eat pasta and a big salad the night before an important game.”

Off-season? “I only play volleyball now, but in the past I have also played basketball.”

Rules to live by: “To always have fun doing what you love. Try your hardest to be the best that you can be. And always believe you can do anything.”

Memorable advice: “My coach Wendy Stammer would always tell me to remember that I am unstoppable, and if I go up to hit fast and hard no one would touch me.”

Other interests: “I am a member of the National Charity League, Inc. which is a mother-daughter organization that participates in different nonprofit charities. I also love to read and watch movies.”

On her iPod: Imagine Dragons and Coldplay.

Favorite books: The Divergent and Hunger Games trilogies by Suzanne Collins.

The one thing someone may not know about me: “I love to make and eat food!”

What’s next? “I am playing club volleyball now, and I plan to go to college to play volleyball in California, and study nursing after I graduate from high school.”

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