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Alyssa Phillips: Perfectly positive

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As many know, Hillcrest’s volleyball senior night was on Thursday, October 12. Every player carried the team to a win, three sets to zero, one player stood out from the rest.

Alyssa Phillips is one of two varsity captains honored on Thursday for playing her senior year. Phillips grew up and lives in Midvale with her four brothers.

Phillips is a powerful outside hitter but she’s also extremely versatile.

“I have been other positions. Like I was setter for a little bit one time, I was middle for a little bit, I was opposite for a little bit, but outside hitter’s my favorite.” Though her position has not always remained constant, her jersey number 13, hasn’t changed since freshman year.

This year wasn’t as much about the physical part of playing the sport as she focused more on her connection with her teammates and the relationships she was making on the team. These connections made a difference on the court, “I am not a very competitive person and so I can confidently say that we’ve being doing really well. Solely because we are nice to each other,” said Phillips. “I’ve played varsity my sophomore, junior and senior year. So all of the seniors I played with were kind of mean to me so I feel- at least I hope that the seniors this year are nice to people.”

Not many would assume Phillips has a weakness on the court. But she did mention, “I’m not competitive, other people might think that’s a weakness but I don’t think that’s a weakness. I think that if I was criticizing myself I would probably say that I get frustrated when people get mad. When people get mad at other people, I’m like ‘you need to stop and be nicer.’ I just don’t think there’s any place for negativity, especially on the court.”

Phillips has led the team to many wins, not only with her incredible skills but also pushing the team to stay positive and upbeat. “She’s everything a team could want in a captain,” said teammate Julie Ashby. Phillips comes to practice with a positive attitude, ready to accomplish as much as possible in the time they have.

Phillips said she’s constantly struggled with “Always being motivated to do my very best. Cause sometimes I go to practice and I’m like ‘I just do not want to be here right now, I want to be home’, and so sometimes I just have to fight through that and be like ‘I’m here for two hours I can deal with it’. And just fight through the practice and then I can go home.”

Alyssa explained fondly, “I’m just really proud to have such a nice team. Just to be a captain on the team that I’m proud to represent. People are kind to each other and they’re nice and can resolve issues well. It makes me happy that for my senior year I could be on a team like that.”

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