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Queen Creek High volleyball player Sophie Drollinger helps team play its best

Sophie Drollinger started begging her mother to let her play volleyball when she was 6 years old.

Sophie Drollinger started begging her mother to let her play volleyball when she was 6 years old.

“I watched my two older sisters play and it made me really want to play,” she said.

Her mother, Renee Drollinger, thought she was too young, but the next year the coach knew them and decided to put Drollinger on the team and see how she did.

Today, Drollinger is a junior at Queen Creek High School and plays outside hitter and defensive specialist on the varsity volleyball team. She has also played with the Aspire Volleyball Club since she was 7 years old.

“Sophie is probably the most proficient player on our team,” said Girls Volleyball Head Coach Erica Crismon. “She doesn’t get rattled or riled up. She just has such a calm presence on the court, which helps everyone else be able to play their best.”

Drollinger said she's gotten good at balancing volleyball with academics.

“It can be hard at times, but I think I do pretty well,” she said. “I’ve been doing it for so long that I’m kind of used to it.”

Renee Drollinger said volleyball has given a lot to her daughters.

“I think sports is really good for them, they learn how to deal with the ups and downs, sometimes they fail but get up and keep going. It teaches them so much in the whole perspective of life,” she said.

Drollinger hopes to win the state championship and eventually play in college.