- Published on Tuesday, 31 October 1995 19:17
- Written by Jennifer Arton
Pinewood High's Jennifer Arton is the epitome of an all-around athlete.
On the volleyball court, the 5-foot-11 senior does it all - hit, serve and defend. This is evidenced by the big numbers she amassed in recent wins over Notre Dame-Belmont (eight kills, 10 digs, two blocks) and Fremont Christian (22 kills, four service aces, 17 digs, two blocks).
"Jennifer plays with a tremendous amount of courage," said Coach Bernadette Diepenbrock. "In tough game situations, she enjoys stepping up and getting the job done."
She really came through for Pinewood in the five-game win over Fremont Christian. "It's such a big rivalry. I was so excited, so pumped up to play. Everything (I did) was on," Arton said.
Arton, along with senior setter Marisa Gardner, is also crucial in the leadership department. "We're younger this year. We have players who are not as experienced in five-game matches," she said. "So the other captain (Gardner) and I help them out."
The duo's outstanding play and encouragement have led Pinewood to four five-game victories this season. And then there's the "Spam sushi" factor, which is a lucky phrase the Panthers say before starting the fifth game.
Although the Panthers - 13-2 in league - play tough volleyball, Arton said they also have fun on the court. "It's not as serious and intense as last year. We still play well, but you don't get as down on yourself (after mistakes)."
The hard-hitting Arton, who began mixing basketball practice into her regimen last week, has been playing volleyball since the eighth grade and recently finished a six-month stint with Los Altos' Griffin team. "I love it," she said. "I know the game, and I've gotten much better as I get older."
- Andy Nystrom