Lakeland’s Libero Leader


Rylee Dragon, Sports Editor

The Lakeland Hawks 2022-23 volleyball season made its debut in September. This season marks the last for numerous players, including senior Ellie Carlson. 

Carlson has been on the court for about ten years, since third grade. 

After experiencing her cousin play middle school volleyball, Ellie realized she wanted to give it a shot. She is now planning on playing collegiate volleyball next year. 

“Obviously, I’m sad that it’s my senior year, but I’m also really excited to take a leadership role as an upperclassman and to be someone they can look up to,” said Carlson. 

In 2021, Ellie was named the 4A IEL Defensive Player of the Year after she and the team won the 4A State Championship in 2020. 

Out of everything, her favorite part of the game is the team atmosphere and all the memories made along the way. 

Lettering for both volleyball and tennis three times, Ellie plays a major role on the team as their libero. 

Various teammates of hers noted how selfless and determined she plays every game.

Ziya Munyer said that Ellie contributes to the team in many ways. 

“She leads the team by her actions, as she’s really good at building up the team and staying positive,” Munyer mentioned. 

Addie Raebel says, “She contributes by her positive attitude. She is a phenomenal passer and gets every ball she can.” 

Although Carlson is going to college to continue volleyball, she will also most likely major in business. 

She has been offered to play at a school in Great Falls, Montana, that she’s interested in.

Setting her apart from others, Ellie works hard every day in practice and has a tough mentality allowing her to bounce back after a bad play or practice. 

Over the years, Ellie has developed a consistent routine to either pass or hit against the wall before every game.

As for the current season, the hawks are ranked first in the Inland Empire 4A Division. The hawks are still fighting their way to state once again based on the team’s success in the district tournament. 

Over the years, Ellie has become extremely close with her coaches and the other girls a part of her team.