Featured Athlete: Averi Carlson


Olivia Carlson

Freshman Averi Carlson looks to complete a set during Volleyball practice.

Carly Ludlow, Staff Writer

Freshman Averi Carlson finished the 2018 volleyball season in the state finals against Kingwood. In December, she was named the 2018 player of the year by MaxPreps. 

At a Glance

Favorite Fruit: Blueberries

Least Favorite Holiday: Saint Patrick’s Day

Biggest Fear: Snakes

Favorite Season: Summer

Waffles or Pancakes: Waffles

Least favorite genre of music: Rap

Looking Deeper

The Red Ledger: How did you feel when you got named MaxPreps National Freshman Player of the Year?

Averi Carlson: I was so excited about it. I’m like considered the top freshman in the nation. I was super happy about it.

TRL: If you could play another position besides setter what would you play?

AC:  I would probably like to hit, like right side. I used to set in the back row and then hit in the front row and I really enjoyed it.

TRL: How often do you practice?

AC: I practice every Sunday and Thursday, every other Tuesday, and then we have setters training on Friday nights. They are two hours and then we have conditioning for 30 minutes.

TRL: What club are you playing for right now?

AC: I am playing for Skyline Juniors.

TRL: When did you start playing volleyball?

AC:  In first grade I played rec-ball. I played for Fusion.

TRL: How did your first season with Lovejoy go?

AC: It went really good. We got second in playoffs. It was kind of crazy just being there because I used to watch [the highschool team] in middle school and now I was actually on the court.

TRL: What is your favorite part of the game?

AC: I like the whole game. There’s not really my favorite part.

TRL: What makes a good coach?

AC: Someone that would definitely push me to be my best. And someone who is positive to a certain extent where it is not “Good job” all the time but like “You need to step it up” as well.

TRL: Do you plan on playing volleyball after high school? What are your future plans?

AC: I definitely want to play in college. I’m not really sure where yet, but I definitely want to play for like a D1 school and compete in big games.

TRL: Do you have any pre game rituals that help you play better?

AC: I don’t really have like a certain thing, I just do warm-ups like I have my own setters warm up.