Huskies Homecoming spotlight: Devon Abbott |

Huskies Homecoming spotlight: Devon Abbott

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Devon Abbot’s birthday is April 28, but her coming-out party as a volleyball player was at the state tournament last Nov. 11 against Sterling. In what was for all intents and purposes the 4A state-title game, Abbott broke out with six kills on just 10 attacks with two solo blocks and four assisted ones. A member of last year’s state champions, Abbott has done a lot to help make new memories for the 2007 team. You can check out Abbot and the Huskies tonight against Glenwood Springs at 6 or on Saturday against Doherty at 4:15 p.m. But for more on Abbott, read on:

Date of birth: April 28, 1990

Parents: Paul and Jan Abbott

Siblings: Bryn, 22, and Kelsey, 19

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What’s it like to be the younger sister? “I definitely let them take advantage of me all the time. It wasn’t until high school that I started standing up for myself. Now I can rough them up. I’m taller than them.”

What attracted you to volleyball? “Margie Plath, Kelsey’s mom, started the Avalanche (Club Volleyball Team) and all my friends started doing it, so I did it too.”

When did you find that you had a skill in the sport? “I was approached by Britney (Brown), Sophia (Lindroth) and Nicole (Penwill). They had a team and their coach asked me to play. They bothered me a little bit to do it.”

What do you enjoy about the sport? “I think the best part is meeting new people and getting to know them on different levels. That’s the best part of it. You go through the entire season with each other, the highs and lows. Coach (Brian) Doyon says, ‘Competition doesn’t build character. It shows character.'”

What is the perfect hit like? “You don’t think about it and at the end, you’re just ‘Yes!’ Or Britney would come point at you and yell, ‘Yes!'”

How much did the state-tournament game against Sterling last year help your confidence? “Definitely. It showed that I had a higher potential than I thought, and that I can get better.”

Most embarrassing moment: “Freshman year, I was dressing varsity for the first time. I was so nervous. I was running around with a ball cart. I went to grab it, and I poked the cart down. The cart and I both ate the ground and balls went flying everywhere.”

What is coach Doyon like? “The thing that he brings, which every team needs, is a sense of urgency and competitiveness, knowing that we have to go out there and do our job.”

Are you surprised by the success the 2007 team has had? “I was open-minded. I didn’t know what the entire team would look like until tryouts happened. I didn’t know Anna(lisa) Padget. We’re really blessed to have her. I had no idea who would be the starting players, so I couldn’t set expectations. I’m definitely proud of all the girls and how they’re playing.”

Has this team established it’s own identity? “Yeah. We’re obviously not the 2006 team because that was a different bunch of people. This is a completely different group of girls with different personalities. We have a different chemistry. I’m really happy with it.”

Funniest teammate: Alexa Corcoran

What’s an expectation for this year? “I don’t want to set any goals, but I think we can work our hardest and go out working our hardest.”

Favorite course: History

College plans: University of Wisconsin is the top choice

Career plans: Political science

Sports you watch: College and pro football, volleyball and baseball

Favorite athletes: Tom Brady

Favorite TV show: “The Office”

Favorite movie: “Office Space”

Favorite movie stars: Angelina Jolie, Adrien Brody and William Daniels

Favorite video game: Mario Party

Favorite book: “The Alchemist”

What’s on your iPod? Everything

Mac or PC: Mac

Favorite Web site: Facebook

Favorite food: Anything form Ti Amo

Favorite pizza slice: Pepperoni

Favorite color: Red

If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be? “One that doesn’t have pine beetles.”

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