Sable Ponn: WHSV Student Athlete of the Week December 5

By: Andy Rives Email
By: Andy Rives Email

LURAY, Va. (WHSV) -- Luray High School's Sable Ponn is a dominant force both on the volleyball and basketball courts, but not at the expense of her teammates.

"Normally, when you get an athlete that stands out this much, it's about them. It's just so amazing. She gets more of a smile and more of a celebration for her teammates than she does for herself," said Julie Moore, Sable's volleyball coach.

"Once the team sees that a leader is frustrated, whether it be with herself or the team, that can really bring them down. So, it's always about encouraging them and making sure they know that you're there for them," said Sable.

Sable has been there for it all. She's played varsity volleyball and basketball for her entire high school career and just led the Luray volleyball team to its second straight state final appearance.

"This year for volleyball, I really wanted to go back to states, and I really wanted to be in that championship game. So it was a dream come true when it actually happened," said Sable.

In addition to her brilliant play in both volleyball and basketball, Sable has also been to the state tournament as a hurdler and she's done it all while maintaining a 4.2 GPA.

"I take pride that I have the grade point average and the grades that I do because that's what it's all about," said Sable.

"I've gotten the privilege to have her in class for two years, but I've also had the opportunity to watch her out there in volleyball and play basketball. She's pretty much the same either way. She's very thorough, very precise about what she's doing, and she really gives an all-out effort all the time," said Jim Sanders, Sable's calculus teacher.


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