BRIDGEWATER, Va. (WHSV) -- Turner Ashby High School's Marissa Collier holds the state record for digs in a season and in a career, but her career as a knight didn't start with so much certainty.
"Her freshman year, when I told her she was going to make the varsity team, she actually cried because she didn't think she'd get a lot of playing time, and immediately came in and made a huge impact on our team. She'll push everybody else to be just as fast, just as quick, or work just as hard as she does in every single thing that we do," said Gina Troyer, Marissa's volleyball coach.
"I try to be very outgoing, very loud, just because people know that I'm the encourager on the team, and that's what I really want people to see is that to be really good at sports you need to encourage others," said Marissa.
To say Marissa is really good at sports is an understatement. She's an All-State performer on the volleyball court and in the pool.
She's also dynamo when it comes to the books, ranking second in her class with a 4.1 GPA.
"She's a very well-rounded role model. It's not just that she's really good at one thing. The other students can look at her and say well, she's found a way to divide her time up. So there's no reason why I can't study for this quiz if this person is doing all these things and still studying and still making good grades," said Laura Pence, Marissa's anatomy teacher.
"You have to be a student before you're an athlete, and that's something I take to heart a lot. I mean, yeah sports is fun, but to play sports you need to do well in the classroom, and that kind of pushes me as well," said Marissa.
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