Calvary Christian’s 5-7 senior Lindsay Foreman has earned a volleyball scholarship to North Carolina-Wilmington, in part because of her impressive 35-inch vertical leap.
Foreman said hard work and genetics have helped her soar above the competition.
Her father, John, played shortstop and left field at Birmingham-Southern College, and her brother, David, 20, is a professional wakeboarder.
Foreman chose her own path with volleyball. She made first-team All-Broward last season and has helped Calvary to a 9-0 record this season.
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“Lindsay is supremely athletic,” Calvary coach Dean Barboza said of Foreman, who can touch nine feet, nine inches. “She pounds the ball. She hits from such a high point that she is often hitting over the block.”
Barboza said Foreman is one of the hardest workers in the gym. In fact, as a freshman, Foreman realized she wasn’t going to be one of the tallest players in the county and decided she needed to leap higher if she wanted to remain on offense.
So she hired a trainer and started doing squats and jumping boxes with resistance bands hooked to her belt.
“When you get off of those bands, you are jumping higher because you have built up those muscles,” Foreman said. “I have my genes to thank for some of my vertical [leap], but I had to work for about nine of those inches.”
Calvary, which finished 18-9 last season and reached the Class 3A regional finals, will have to work for everything it gets this season, too.
The Eagles have moved up to Class 4A, and Barboza expects to win a district that includes Pine Crest and Chaminade.
“If we get through our district like we should, Ransom Everglades would be the team to beat to get to state,” he said.
Ironically, Barboza said he coaches some of the Ransom girls in club volleyball, and the schools employ similar offensive and defensive systems.
Calvary won’t just rely on Foreman, though. The other senior starter is 5-6 libero Alexa Romagnolo, who has known Foreman since they were 3 years old.
Raegan Terranova, a 5-8 junior outside hitter, is another key piece.
But the season may turn on how the youngest players perform. Haley Batchelor, a 6-0 sophomore, and Morgan Griffin, a 6-0 freshman, finally give Calvary some size at middle blocker.
Batchelor missed last season with a fractured vertebra in her back but has been back playing club since March, helping Tribe Volleyball — coached by Barboza — qualify for the 2013 Junior Olympics as the only South Florida entry in the 15-and-under bracket.
Griffin, who transferred from Boca Christian, gives Calvary a matching set of taller “bigs.”
Nicole Decker and Jessie Underwood — a pair of 5-10 freshmen — complete the starting lineup. Decker plays on the right side, and Underwood has emerged as the primary setter.
“I think we will be better this year,” Barboza said. “Last year, we didn’t have any middles.”
“Haley and Morgan give us a big threat in the middle,” Foreman said. “Now we have more options offensively. Our goal is to win district and go as far as possible. Winning district this year will be tougher [with the move up to 4A], but I think we have the talent and work ethic to get it done.”