DCW MVP digging new focus now that volleyball season is over

There's no shortage of effort in this week's DCW MVP.

Kati Hruska is a junior on the volleyball team at Watkins Mill High School in Gaithersburg. The Wolverines season wrapped up at the beginning of November but before the team's setter is able to think about coming back strong for her senior year on the court Hruska wants to shift her attention to her college prep classes and preparing for her SATs.

"Definitely thinking about my grade point average, just trying to keep it above a 3.5 so I can go to college," said Hruska.

Hruska said she enjoys her Advanced Placement classes that could eventually earn her college credit in core subjects and the psychology class she signed up for as an elective course.

Hruska's focus on the volleyball court and in class helped her coach Mark Quinn single her out as a player that deserved the DCW MVP distinction.

"It's definitely not common in this day and age when you find that person that can do it both they're driven in the classroom, they're driven on the court or field-- that's a really strong sign of strong character," said Quinn.

Hruska said it takes strength and smarts to compete on the volleyball court. Sometimes she's trying to fool her opponents with a surprise shot when a pass is expected and other times she's setting up her teammates to take advantage of their strengths.

"I'm not the tallest person out there (5'1") but it's like you have to play big or play smart-- you have to outsmart them," said Hruska.

Quinn commends Hruska for working hard to correct mistakes and trying to be the best player she can be no matter what the results.