Wyland plays big for Lady Tigers

Name: Ali Wyland

School: Hollidaysburg Area

Age: 17

Grade: Senior

Sport: Volleyball

Athlete of the week achievement: Wyland collected 32 kills, 14 blocks and 34 digs as the Lady Tigers won the Gold Division at the Northern Cambria Tournament on Saturday for what is believed to be the first time. Hollidaysburg was went 4-0 in pool play beat Ligonier Valley in the quarterfinals, Penn Cambria in the semis and Somerset in the championship.

Season update: The Northern Cambria Tournament was the Lady Tigers’ first event of the season.

Coach Marla Wyland’s quote: “Ali’s an all-around athlete and a versatile player. She’s very aggressive and powerful at the net. She plays like a 6-foot girl. She plays so big, and she’s so fast. She picks up a lot of balls that keep the game going. She can play any position, and she’s very unselfish.”

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Baker

Favorite subject: Biology

Favorite movie: “Grease”

Favorite food: Ice cream

Favorite song: “Mean to Me” by Brett Eldredge

Outside interests: Track and field, cooking, playing guitar, singing

Favorite professional team: No preference

Favorite college team: Penn State

Pro athlete most admired: No preference

Best athlete I ever competed with: Lexi Wagner

Best athlete I ever competed against: Penn Cambria’s Riley Anderson

Most influential person on my athletic career: My parents, Dave and Marla

Proudest athletic achievement: Winning a state track and field medal as a freshman

How I got my start in volleyball: “I had a little bit of an interest, but my mother forced me to try, and I learned to love it.”

Future goal: “To stay healthy, to have a great senior season and to win District 6 titles in volleyball and track.”