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Athlete of the Week: Newman's Abby Brown

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Newman volleyball coach Betty Lange will never forget when she asked Abby Brown to join the varsity team as a freshman.

"I looked for somebody that I could teach and develop and somebody that would work hard," Lange said.
 
"That was scary. I was so scared," Brown said about playing in her first year at Newman.
 
Brown was overwhelmed by the expectations of playing for a program that made it to the State Semifinals in 2008. 

"The seniors that year really inspired me," Brown said. "They really helped me through which was really good. They inspired me to keep going and keep that tradition." 

That inspiration helped Brown keep the tradition. The Fighting Cardinals went to the State Championships at Green Bay three of her four years at Newman. She played in the state final in 2009 and got her team to another state appearance in 2011 before the Fighting Cardinals lost to Owen-Withee in the state semifinals.

Then this year, she helped lead the team to another state final, where Newman lost to Catholic Central. Brown said it was a full circle moment for her to be back in the final.

Brown has grown to be a leader, but not your typical one. 

"I am not the loudest person on the court," Brown said. "Sometimes I get yelled at for that." 

"She's a quiet leader but she gets the job done on the court," Lange said. "She's very athletic. Gifted. Fast as lightning. She is humble. Very very humble. She should just really celebrate the fact she has worked hard.

"She has been very successful."


 

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