The Verona High School girls volleyball team lost a lot of players to graduation this past June. It falls to the veterans who remain to shape and guide the 2012-2013 team–and to take on roles that they had not had in the past. Among the veterans is Casie Milmoe, and her leadership efforts on the new team have earned her recognition as the first Verona Sports Boosters Senior Athlete of the Week for the new school year.
Milmoe is the setter for the VHS offense, a position that makes her the de facto quarterback of the volleyball team. But quarterbacks generally take years to hone their skills and assert their control over the rhythm of the game. Milmoe enters her senior year as setter for the first time, having been an outside hitter in the past.
The team’s new coach, Molli Dowd, says Milmoe is doing a remarkable job. “She has a natural talent for the game,” Dowd says, “and as a setter she is very aware of her teammate’s strengths and works hard to bring out the best of everyone around her.”
As the setter, Milmoe is unlikely to tote up the hitting stats this year that she has in the past–or the scoring that she has been known for on the girls lacrosse team in the spring. But the volleyball team co-captain could well help others to put some impressive numbers on the board. “She brings out the best in our players,” says Dowd, “and that makes for a better team as a whole.”
During the 2012-2013 school year, the Verona Sports Boosters will be recognizing a different senior athlete at Verona High School every week. The Boosters support male and female athletes in all VHS sports through a variety of fundraisers and recognition events.