Liz Wait had reason to jump for joy Monday even before her unbeaten Andover volleyball team kicked off its postseason campaign with a win.
That was because, approximately an hour before game time, Wait was informed by coach George Sullivan that she had been named one of the top 15 Division 1 players from across the state by the Massachusetts Coaches Association.
“It is honestly something I never dreamed would happen,” said an overjoyed Wait. “I never thought I would be someone who would be winning awards, even on my team. A couple of years ago, I wasn’t a starter on the JV team.”
Just over a year ago, Wait was scared she would not even make the varsity team during her junior year tryouts after spending two seasons on the bench with the JV team. But this season, Wait has emerged as one of the top volleyball players in the state, winning league co-MVP honors and leading her team into tomorrow’s Division 1 North final against North Andover with a 22-0 record.
“She has come a long way,” said Sullivan. “I was talking to her mother and Liz was really afraid she was going to be cut last year. But she has been so passionate and so dedicated to the game. She has been a dream to have.”
After struggling to find playing time on the JV squad in her first two high school seasons,
Wait knew she had her work cut our for her last summer when she prepared to try out for the powerhouse Golden Warrior varsity team.
“I had no idea what was going to happen, so I pushed myself with one goal in mind, of making the team,” she said. “I woke up early every morning and worked out very day, even when I wanted to sleep in. I played club volleyball all year. I told myself, even if I was just sitting on the bench, I wanted to be on the varsity team. And if I didn’t make it, I would know I gave it everything I had in my heart.”