When Orange Lutheran junior Will Harvey was younger, he spent many weekends watching his older sister, Madison, play in volleyball tournaments. After several years of playing soccer, he decided it was time for a change, and he followed his sister’s lead onto the volleyball court.
“Because I had watched her play for so long, I kind of had the (volleyball) IQ to begin with,” says Harvey. “So when I started, I got into it really fast. I kept playing, and my love for it grew.”
Previously a libero, Harvey is playing outside hitter this year for the Lancers, a position he enjoys for the high-level energy it brings. Volleyball’s team-oriented focus and fast pace are what keep the 17-year old engaged in the sport.
“You’ve got to make sure you’re on top of your game for every single point, and at the level we’re playing at, every single point matters,” says Harvey. “You’ve got to rely on all your teammates, and you’ve got to make sure that the team cohesiveness is always there.”
With no seniors on this year’s squad, Harvey is using his experience as a returning CIF and state champion to serve as captain. Leading by example is his strong suit, specifically guiding younger teammates through the ups and downs of the sport.
“As a student athlete, Will understands how to manage school and sports by providing equal dedication and maximum effort in both areas,” says OLu head boys volleyball coach, Jon Basilio. “He displays the intangibles of a student athlete…and it’s his sense of maturity and calm, analytical approach to the sport that is relied upon heavily by his teammates for peace of mind during the rigorous Trinity League battles.”
Away from the court, Harvey is a member of OLu’s Student Ambassador Team, as well as the school’s STEM Academy. He is grateful for the way that these activities, along with volleyball, have pushed him out of his comfort zone. Harvey plans to study molecular biology or biochemistry and is continuing to follow the lead of his sister in how he will approach the next stage of his life.
“My sister is the type of person who always leads with her heart, and from an early age, she figured out who she was,” says Harvey. “I can only aspire to do that in my career.”
Harvey says he will likely play volleyball at the club or intramural level in college, and he is grateful for the life lessons his faith has taught him through the sport.
“We are representing God in everything we do, so we do the best that we can to show His impact in our lives,” says Harvey. “In every play and in every decision we make on the court, we’re glorifying God.”by Jenelyn Cunningham Russo ‘88