Power hits, leadership

Senior is also an All-County basketball player and runs track

Q & A Brittany Lilley, Severna Park, Volleyball

October 03, 2007|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Reporter

Senior Brittany Lilley has used her power hitting and leadership qualities to help the Severna Park volleyball team to a somewhat surprising 4-0 start.

Last year, Severna Park was not ranked at the end of the season for the first time in more than 25 years, but the Falcons have rebounded this season behind the 5-foot-9 Lilley, an All-County hitter.

Lilley was also an All-County basketball player and runs outdoor track. She has a 3.5 grade point average and scored 1,650 on the SAT.

Has this year's team surprised you with its fast start?

No, not really. I thought we would be really good and be one of the top teams in the county. We lost some key seniors, but the seniors we have back are playing great and really want to have a great season and go all the way.

Who are those focused seniors besides yourself?

Elizabeth Bell and Jen Haag are tri-captains with me and are setting an example for the younger players.

You have a big match tomorrow against Broadneck, correct?

Yes, we go to Broadneck and it's a great rivalry, of course. We're going to have to stay energetic and have the right mind-set at game time. We have to keep our energy alive. I definitely think us and Broadneck are the top teams, and that's the biggest game probably. But we're not going to close our eyes to other teams, because there are a lot of surprises that can come up during the year.

With your team moving up to Class 4A this year, you could see Broadneck again in the regionals. What do you think of that possibility?

I think it will be exciting, because knowing them as being our rivals, that will be the most fun game to play, the most excitement. I like the fact that we can play them in the playoffs.

You had 133 kills, 22 aces and 22 blocks last season. Where do you get your power?

I definitely have leaping ability. I used to dance when I was little and it helped me a lot with leaping and stuff like that. And playing basketball, jumping is in there with me, too. My coach [Jamie Leventry] worked with me on my technique, and that has helped me, too.

If you decide to play volleyball in college, what do you need to improve?

Definitely on foot speed, getting to the balls and passing back over the net without an error. I'm definitely looking forward to college, no matter what sport I play. It's going to be fun either way. Basketball is my best sport, and I will probably play it in college. Volleyball I started in my freshman year, but I can definitely play it in college.

Which colleges are you looking at besides Liberty, which you visited this past weekend?

I liked Liberty, but I'm also considering Bucknell, St. Frances (Pa.), the Naval Academy and the University of Delaware, where my brother [Don] goes to school.

With your father, Donald Lilley Sr., the principal at Annapolis, and your mother, Joanne, also an Anne Arundel County public schools employee, I would guess that academics are stressed in your home.

Absolutely, that's the first priority. Sports come second. I definitely have to make sure my grades are good, and if they're not, you won't be able to play anyway. That's definitely my No. 1.

What field will you pursue for a career?

I want to major in early-childhood development and education. I love little kids and hope to open up my own day care center, maybe with my brother, who is into the business side of it. He majored in business management, and we might end up doing something together.

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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