Folsom Athlete of the Week: Allison HakesBy: Matt Long of the Telegraph
Allison Hakes has been a welcomed addition to Folsom High’s varsity girls’ volleyball team.
The 6-3 sophomore middle hitter is enjoying a solid first season playing at the varsity level. She is one of the team’s top hitters, and also plays solid defense at the net as well. Hakes leads the Bulldogs in kills with 103 and is leading the Sierra Foothill league in hitting percentage (41 percent), kill percentage (51 percent) and total blocks (35).
“Allie is a huge offensive threat for us,” Folsom coach Michella Harvey said. “She’s an aggressive, confident hitter, who allows us to broaden our offense and gives our opponents a tough time. Both on and off the court, she has a great positive attitude that is infectious. Her energy and passion for the game is a huge motivator for the team.”
Folsom Telegraph: What are your hopes/plans after graduating high school?
Allison Hakes: I'm planning to attend a four-year college and hope to play Division I volleyball.
FT: Do sports run in your family?
AH: Oh yeah. My dad played football at UCLA, and my mom was a basketball state champion in high school. My four siblings are all athletic, and we play a wide range of sports in our family, which makes for interesting Saturdays.
FT: How long have you been playing volleyball and how did you get your start in it?
AH: I got my start on the middle school volleyball team in seventh grade, and the next year I started playing club.
FT: What do you enjoy about volleyball?
AH: I love the fact that volleyball is totally a team sport. It's fun to get a good kill, but when I do, it's not MY point - I couldn't do it without a good set from the setter, and she couldn't do that without a good pass from one of the passers.
FT: As a sophomore on the varsity team, what were your expectations for yourself this season? How is the season going for you thus far?
AH: I knew one of Folsom's strong middle blockers graduated last year, so there was an opening on the team I knew I could fill if I worked hard. I think my season is going pretty well so far, but I still have a long way to go.
FT: What’s been your highlight so far this season?
AH: It was awesome beating Nevada Union at home in four sets. They're a good team, and it was fun to win in our first league game.
FT: What do you think about your team this season? What are the team’s goals and how do you feel the team is progressing?
AH: Our team has been trying to perfect our game mentally so that we can come out playing strong physically. We have so much talent, and when our energy is up, our level of play is so much higher than most teams expect from us. I think we're a great team with a lot of potential, and we're capable of getting more wins.
FT: Are you involved in any other activities at Folsom other than volleyball?
AH: I'm involved in the art program.
FT: What’s your favorite class at Folsom and why?
AH: I love my art class - it's a great way to de-stress after a long day. I also have a great math teacher this year.
FT: Favorite Food?
AH: It's hard to pick, but I love good mac and cheese.
FT: Favorite music?
AH: Name a genre and I probably like it. But I'm really into showtunes and Panic! At the Disco.
FT: Do you have any pets? Tell us about them?
AH: I have a very cute yellow lab named Hazel, as is evident whenever I wear black.
FT: Do you have any interesting hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?
AH: My hobbies include (but are definitely not limited to): drawing, writing, spending time with friends and family, annoying my neighbors with my very loud piano songs, and waterskiing and tubing out on the lake.
FT: What inspires you in sports?
AH: I take a lot of inspiration from my teammates; they all have their own strengths, and since I get to be around them a lot, I'm in a good position to learn from them. True, it's amazing to watch professional athletes, but in terms of daily inspiration, my teammates have a big influence on me, and I hope I can have the same effect on them.
FT: What are your career goals? What job/profession are you interested in?
AH: I'm still pretty open to a lot of options, but I've been wanting to become an author for a while. I might also look into the education field.