Athlete of the Week: Pifer leading Central to success this season

Bree Pifer

WOODSTOCK — Bree Pifer loves to play with energy.

The Central senior volleyball player gives the team energy when she’s on the court after making a big kill or block, which helps the team throughout the matches. Central coach Alyssa Bane said that gives the team positive energy no matter what the score is.

“She’s definitely one of those people that will continue to be up even when we’re down,” Bane said. “She has the same reaction when she doesn’t get a kill as to when she does get a kill. So she brings it hard even in practice. Just the way she reacts to things, it’s so great because she’s got a great attitude.”

Pifer, The Northern Virginia Daily’s Athlete of the Week for the week of Aug. 29-Sept. 4, said she shows emotion on the court because of how much she loves the game.

She said she loves the feeling of making a kill or a block.

“It feels awesome and you can see it when I play too, definitely. I don’t hold back,” Pifer said with a smile. “It’s gotten more intense as I’ve grown with the sport, as I’ve come to love it more and became more passionate about it.”

Pifer said she began playing volleyball in seventh grade with the Shenandoah County Parks and Recreation league, but said she mainly did it just to get in shape for basketball. She said now volleyball is her favorite sport.

She played on the junior varsity team her first two years, before moving up to the varsity level last year.

The Falcons suffered through a tough season and didn’t win a game.

Last week the Falcons snapped their winless skid with a four-set victory over Stonewall Jackson.

“It was the best feeling in the world, probably,” Pifer said. “I knew we were capable all along for a bunch of games, but we could just never finish. So it was really good to finally get the win and show people who we are and to watch out for Central volleyball.”

Pifer did her part in the victory over the Generals. She led the team with eight kills, and she also had four service aces.

Pifer said she usually doesn’t serve, but a mix-up with the rotation forced her to have to serve and she made the most of it.

“I’ve been working on my serving a lot, because I don’t normally serve but I like to serve,” Pifer said. “I just worked on getting my serves harder and more straight over the net.”

The Falcons are 1-3 on the season and they host East Rockingham at 7 tonight.

Pifer said that being a senior this season is a little more special for her.

“It’s definitely hit me and I think about it all the time,” Pifer said. “So I just want to make the most of my senior year and my volleyball season.”

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com