Although she was already playing volleyball, Erica Chung’s parents encouraged their daughter to experience two sports. Following in the footsteps of her brother, she decided to give hoops a try.
“I had no interest in playing basketball...but as I started playing, I really grew to love the game,” says Chung. “There’s a great program here, so it made it even easier for me.”
The Orange Lutheran senior and two-year varsity player enjoys the physicality of the sport, so playing center for the Lancers is a great fit. But more than that, Chung loves being a part of the team.
“Erica is a versatile player who has always been willing to do what is asked, never complains and is someone who can fulfill multiple roles on a team,” says OLu girls basketball head coach, Tom Howard. “She truly enjoys being part of a team and doing whatever she can to help make that team be better.”
Placing significant importance on her role as a senior leader, Chung feels a sense of responsibility in leaving a legacy for the younger players.
“I want to lead our program with a great attitude and an open mind for what can come,” says the 17-year old. “Having seven seniors on our team, I want us to think about shaping the program and helping them become better for the following years.”
In addition to being a two-sport athlete for the Lancers in both basketball and volleyball, Chung gives back by serving as an Ignite leader.
“I wanted to be able to help others make the most out of their high school experience,” says Chung. “One person can help someone make decisions so that they can become a better version of themselves.”
Chung plans to study nursing in college and will never be too far from the basketball or volleyball courts. Her family is her support structure and has taught her that if she wants something, she needs to earn it. Her experience at OLu has helped her grow not only as a student athlete, but also as a child of God.
“I’ve grown in my faith over these past four years in high school,” says Chung. “I’m able to apply it to basketball because we’re able to say we represent Christ in all that we do. It allows us to become better people.”by Jenelyn Cunningham Russo ‘88