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
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.