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Renaissance High volleyball standout Ravenn Hill said it was “overwhelming” to learn she has been named the Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week for a second time.
“I thought one of my fellow seniors was going to get it this year, so I’m really surprised,” Hill said. “It was overwhelming last year, and the second time, it’s still overwhelming.”
The same adjective could be used to describe Hill’s play this season for the Lady Phoenix. As the team’s passing specialist, her ability to set up teammates and defend against the opposition has been, in a nutshell, overwhelming.
“Ravenn is in the game 90 per cent of the time and her job is primarily to pass the ball,’’ Renaissance coach Louis Mitchell said. “Our record is 7-0 in the league and 17-5-1 overall, and we’ve been successful mainly because of her passing and serving. She’s averaging 12 digs a game with a 75% passing percentage, which is outstanding.”
On Sept. 24, at the University of Michigan-Dearborn tournament, Hill was named to the All-Tournament team after leading Renaissance to a third-place finish. Included was a victory against PSL rival Cass Tech, the team that dethroned the Lady Phoenix as league champions a year ago.
“Hopefully that momentum will carry over into the league championship,’’ she said.
With a 3.9 grade point average and an ACT score of 25, Hill can virtually plot her own course in pursuit of a college education.
“I’m getting offers (to play collegiate volleyball), but I feel I can get a bigger scholarship academically than athletically,’’ she said. “My mother says it’s my choice. I want to be an athletic trainer, so I really want to go to the University of Miami, which has a great athletic training program, to help me on my way.”
Having played volleyball since she was in the fourth grade, Hill says it’s starting to sink in that her high school career is coming to a close. She wouldn’t trade the memories.
“I’ve thought about it, especially with Senior Night on Monday, and I almost cried,”’ she said. “This is my last year to make a big impression on Renaissance volleyball. I love the girls. We can talk about any and everything and we’re one big family. That’s what I’ve enjoyed so much and that’s what I’m to going to miss when it’s all over.”