Athlete of the Week: Dara Holstein

How long have you been playing volleyball? 

“Probably since third or fourth grade. Currently I play for Six Pack volleyball club.”

What has been your biggest accomplishment from this season so far?“First, we have gone a year without dropping a set and then also holding onto the No. 1 spot and keep going undefeated. I love my team, and it is amazing to be a part of an undefeated team and live up to Cedar Falls High School volleyball.” 

What are your personal goals?

“My personal goal is probably everyone’s goal, to win State. Last year was absolutely insane. When the last point hit, I was sitting and was like, ‘Wait, what just happened?’ on the bench and everyone was still cheering.”

Are there any struggles you have faced during your volleyball career?

“I have a shoulder problem, and so I have a stick roller that I can use to massage myself during the game when I am not playing.” 

What is your favorite memory from this or previous season?

“I love the bus rides with my team. This year we had a bus ride home, and the whole time we jammed out to Carrie Underwood together. We were screaming at the top of our lungs, and it was when it was raining really hard, and the bus driver was going 25 mph down the highway, so we were saying, ‘Jesus is driving tonight’ and ‘Jesus take the wheel’ because of the scary storm.”

Are you planning on playing volleyball after senior year?

“Yes, I am committed to the United States Naval Academy for volleyball.” 

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