Western North Carolina is full of volleyball talent. I have enjoyed watching so many talented young women excel at their sport this year. Sophie Whalen of AC Reynolds is one of the best of this year’s class. Sophie’s play as libero for the very talented Rocket team brought up her team in every game. Watching her play was pure delight. From her habit of touching the sideline to her excitement after a huge point, Sophie’s energy and enthusiasm inspires her team to do better.
Sophie will be leaving after this fall semester is done and will arrive at UNC Charlotte ready to start off-season workouts with her new team. It will be so exciting to see her play at the next level: Charlotte has gained an incredible player and person.
Good luck to you, Sophie!
You can see my tribute to other area athletes I’ve been able to photograph here. So proud of all of them! (More fall recruits coming soon, too!).