Winning the state championship is a major accomplishment for any high school athlete. However, leading your team to back- to-back state titles as an underclassman puts you in a different league. We are excited to announce our first female Athlete of the Week is Genevieve Richards, the sophomore volleyball standout who attends the Heritage School in Newnan, Georgia. While her outstanding play on the court is what has begun to attract interest from several college coaches, her perfect 4.0 GPA may be her greatest accomplishment. It’s no surprise given her academic excellence, Genevieve’s top schools of interest are Davidson, Stanford, NYU, and UNC; all prestigious institutions.
On the court, Genevieve takes pride in her relentless competitiveness and ability to provide constant encouragement for her teammates, both factors that make her unique to other athletes her age. Outside of school Genevieve plays for A5 South, an organization considered by many to be the most elite volleyball club in the nation. Her favorite memories on the court include winning the 14u AAU national title with A5, being runner-up to the national champions in 15u, and the back-to-back state titles for Heritage. Her most impressive personal performance came during her freshman year high school state championship game where she scored 9 out of the 15 points in the decisive fifth set. Genevieve looks up to as well as maintains a friendship with Stanford volleyball standout Jenna Gray, who has set an excellent example of what it takes to excel at the next level. Although she does not consider herself to be superstitious, Genevieve does always wear number 3 while playing.
Genevieve comes from a family of elite athletes: both parents have been competing all over the world on the U.S. Equestrian Team for many years, and her mother won the bronze medal at the Athens Olympic Games. Currently Genevieve is working hard towards her primary goal of playing volleyball at a prestigious university and majoring in her favorite subject in school, which is biology. What many people don’t know is that she has a true passion for making art and hopes to one day have the opportunity to pursue that full time following her volleyball and academic career. All of us at Press Sports have no doubt that Genevieve will have extreme success at the next level no matter where she chooses to continue her career!
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