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Player Profile: Ally Young, Cranberry Media is doing a series of player profiles on returning high-school athletes this summer. The year in school listed by the athlete is the year the athlete is entering this fall.

(Submitted photo. Photo by Logan Johnson)


Daughter of: Suzi Young
Sports Played: Volleyball, Track & Field
Family Members Playing/Played Sports: Her mom played volleyball and her brother, Colin, played football.
2017-18 Highlights: She qualified for the District 9 track & field champion in the 4×100-meter relay and the 100-meter hurdles. She also helped the Berries to the second round of the District 9 playoffs in volleyball
Post-High School Plans: Ally plans on attending college to be an elementary school teacher. She would like to play volleyball in college.

Q&A With Ally Young

D9Sports: What is your favorite sport to participate in and why?
AY: Volleyball is my favorite sport to participate in. When I step on the court, nothing else matters. It’s truly the best feeling.

D9Sports: What is your favorite memory, moment, game from playing high school sports?
AY: My favorite moment from high school sports was beating Port Allegany in the first round of the volleyball playoffs last year. That was an awesome win for us. The whole team stormed the court, and it was an awesome feeling.

D9Sports: Why do you play high school sports?
AY: I play high school sports because I love the bond it creates with people. Not only people from your school but you also make so many friends from other schools. I also enjoy the fitness aspect of it.

D9Sports: Who has had the most influence on your athletic career and why?
AY: My mom and grandmother have had a big influence on my athletic career. They always do everything they can to come and watch me play or compete, and I’m forever grateful for their support!

D9Sports: Do you remember the first sport you played and did you like it right away or did it grow on you?
AY: The first sport I ever competed in was gymnastics, and I loved it. The sense of competition was new for me.

D9Sports: Do you have a favorite number for a uniform? If so, what is the story behind that number?
AY: My favorite number in uniform is No. 6. My mother was No. 6 in volleyball when she was in high school.

D9Sports: What would someone who doesn’t know you be surprised to find out about you?
AY: I love to travel. My favorite places I’ve ever been are South Dakota and Athens, Greece.

D9Sports: If you could eat dinner with anyone famous (living or dead) who would it be and why?
AY: I would definitely eat with Louis Armstrong. He was such an influential person along with his amazing voice.

D9Sports: Iphone or Android or Neither and why?
AY: Definitely team iPhone. I love iMessage & FaceTime!

D9Sports: What is your go-to Social Media and why?
AY: My go-to social media is probably Instagram. I like seeing different pictures of people’s lives!

D9Sports: What do you like most about high school and why?
AY: I can do high school. I know how to wake up every morning and how to act around people. I know how to manage my time. It’s all routine and I’ve “got it down”.

D9Sports: What do you like least about high school and why?
AY: There’s a lot of drama between people. Also, I don’t enjoy the homework.

D9Sports: What question do you wish I would have asked you? And what is the answer to it?
AY: I wish you would’ve asked me what position(s) I would like to play next year or which events I would like to do. I would like to be libero for my volleyball team. I would also like to compete in the 100m hurdles in track along with the 4x100m relay.