The book on Glenelg's Laws: improved, focused, a winner Volleyball: Senior has learned from club play and has developed a new perspective on the sport. "I'm into winning," she says.

September 25, 1997|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Kim Laws is not the player she once was. She's better.

A three-year varsity starter in volleyball, the Glenelg senior has a different look from a year ago.

"She has a lot more confidence this year," said Glenelg coach Marlene Dugan.

Added teammate Arney Walker: "She's very focused. She knows what she wants."

Said Laws herself: "I've changed my perspective on how I want to play. I'm into winning and working as hard as I can."

And she wants the ball.

"She wants the ball in every situation," Dugan said.

That's a change from a year ago.

"She's more aggressive," said Walker, who shares the same birthday (May 14) with Laws and has been her best friend since they first met in pre-school. "She knows that if she gets the ball she can put it away."

Said setter Chrissy Mills: "I can rely on her to put the ball inside the court."

Laws started at middle hitter on Glenelg's Class 2A state championship team two years ago, then moved moved to the outside last fall. Dugan, who worked on her master's degree last year and was the team's volunteer assistant, moved Dugan back to the middle this season.

"I wanted Kim in the middle for blocking, as well as hitting," said Dugan, who uses Jamie Bullock and Pam Goldberg as outside hitters. "She's also our best passer."

Laws, who has benefited from two years of club ball, acknowledges her improvement.

"I'm a smarter player," she said. "I've learned to adjust to different situations and how to play the game in order to win."

She also has improved in dealing with adversity. During the last two years Dugan said that Laws "would make a mistake and doubt herself. She didn't handle it very well."

Not anymore.

"She pulls herself up if she makes an error," said Dugan, whose fifth-ranked Gladiators travel to No. 1 Centennial for a match at 5 p.m. today.

"She has shown an amazing amount of maturity in handling herself when she makes a mistake," Walker said.

Said Laws: "This year, I'm really putting forth an effort to forget it and move on."

Laws believes the talent and unity on this year's team can make this a special special season for the Gladiators (3-1 overall, 1-1 league). And as a captain, she's doing everything she can -- on the court and off -- to make it happen.

"She's always been somewhat of a leader, but this year even more so," said Dugan, who started Laws two years ago on the Class 2A state championship team. "She's very vocal on the court. She plans team dinners and does a lot of extra things."

"She's a great motivator, a real leader," said Mills, a junior transfer from Montgomery County's Seneca Valley. "She tells people how good they're doing. She makes them feel better about what they're doing to contribute to the team."

Laws feels her leadership qualities on the court has been helped by her duties as the school's Student Government Association president.

"It gives you confidence that you can go out there and get things done," said Laws, who plans to major in occupational therapy in college.

Dugan said Laws always "had a lot of talent. It was just a matter of playing and gaining experience and confidence."

Her skills -- from serving to passing to hitting -- have improved. Her focus is more defined, her intensity at a higher level.

"She's more confident with herself," Walker said. "There's been a big growth process from last year to this year."

Pub Date: 9/25/97

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