Avery Acker, Southern Methodist University
POTH -- She has only been at Poth High School for two years, but during that time, Avery Acker has left her mark. The senior became an integral part of the Pirette volleyball team, a position that undoubtedly helped her find her way to Southern Methodist University (SMU), where the senior recently signed to play college volleyball.
In the time leading up to her commitment, Avery had several schools from which to choose, including Texas State, North Texas, and Colorado. Avery said her decision was based on academics as well as the volleyball program. She wants to study pre-med, and felt that SMU’s program set it apart from the others.
The Pirette setter, who also plays as an outside hitter and middle blocker, is a bright student who enjoys math and science classes, and will even graduate early, as she says goodbye to Poth next month. She plans to begin taking classes at SMU in January.
Avery is excited about being out on her own, but admits her parents are more than a little nervous. She is also eager to experience the new level of competition she will face as a member of the Mustang volleyball team.
Her family and friends will be missed, and she feels that she will also miss the little things, like walking through the halls of Poth High School where she knows all of her classmates.
“I know the campus and classes are so big up there it won’t be like this, and I’m gonna miss it.”
For Avery and the rest of the Pirette volleyball team, there are just two teams and two matches standing in the way of a state title. She got a taste of the state tournament last year, but now wants the victory more than anything else. That passion and drive is undoubtedly part of why the Mustangs want her wearing their school colors.
During her senior season, Avery has played in 101 games for Poth, earning a total of 350 assists, 167 digs, 161 kills, 67 service aces, and 30.5 blocks at the net. Impressive numbers, especially considering she missed a number of games due to injuries. Beyond all the numbers, though, Avery says she is a pretty simple person.
“I’m pretty chill,” she said with a chuckle. “I just want to win!”