Lions’ Swartz has historic week

Name: Phil Swartz

School: Altoona Area

Age: 18

Grade: Senior

Sport: Volleyball

Athlete of the week achievement: Swartz became Altoona’s all-time kills leader in a victory over West Shamokin. He now has 927 career kills. He had 13 kills and seven service points against West Shamokin and followed that with 13 kills, 24 digs and eight service points in a sweep of rival Bishop Guilfoyle.

Season update: Swartz has 182 kills, 22 aces, 162 digs, 30 blocks and 83 service points for the Mountain Lions.

Coach John Saboe’s quote: “Phil is an outstanding volleyball talent who has been around the game for a number of years. He is using his experience and knowledge to help lead the team this year and has done a tremendous job of guiding our team on the court at this early point in our season. Phil has worked very hard through his high school career to be the player he is.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Sipes

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite movie: “Black Panther”

Favorite food: Mac and cheese

Favorite song: “Juke Box Hero” by Foreigner

Outside interests: Playing video games and hanging out with friends

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Penguins

Favorite college team: Penn State

Pro athlete most admired: Matt Anderson

Best athlete I ever competed against: North Allegheny’s Canyon Tuman

Most influential person on my athletic career: My dad (Dave), Coach Saboe and Coach (Chris) Keagy

Proudest athletic achievement: Breaking the Altoona school record for kills

How I got my start in volleyball: “Watching my brother (Jeremy) play and getting interested in it.”

Future goal: Complete college at Lindenwood (Mo.) and have a successful life

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