WESTFIELD, NJ — Uzi Ijoma has helped power the Lady Blue Devils varsity volleyball team to clear wins in recent days.
The 17-year-old Westfield High School senior is this week’s Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Westfield Athlete of the week. Ijoma, who serves on the team’s offense, has been playing volleyball since age 12.
“Here, you’re playing for something that’s bigger than yourself,” Ijoma said. “You’re trying to help build a community in the box with all the other girls.”
The win over Oak Knoll was a clear one, 25-6, at Westfield High School. And even though it became apparent Westfield would come out on top, that didn’t stop the girls from performing their best.
“We’re always playing our hardest, even when we know we don’t really have to,” Ijoma said.
Varsity girls volleyball coach Beverly Torok said Ijoma was also instrumental the Lady Blue Devils’ Friday win at Union. Ijoma secured six kills, three blocks and three digs in the game, the statistics show.
Westfield brought in the win with a final score of 25-8 against Union.
“It’s a lot of fun just knowing that you always have someone depending on you,” Ijoma said. “That’s what pushes me more: Knowing that I have to do something for someone else.”
Ijoma said she is aiming to continue her volleyball play in college, hopefully at a Division III school so that she can also focus on her academics. She intends to study pre-med.
“I really like biology and chemistry and hope to become a pediatrician,” Ijoma said.
The Lady Blue Devils play Scotch Plains-Fanwood Thursday afternoon and are scheduled to take on Elizabeth in an away game next Monday at Dunn Sports Center.
“We have a challenging schedule this year,” said Torok. “So I’m looking forward to some great matches.”
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