Recruited from the book sale line her freshman year, Glenbrook South volleyball player Izzy Rapacz has evolved into one of the Titans’ top players. The senior outside hitter hopes to help her team win conference this season, and has already committed to play volleyball at Temple University next year.
Name: Izzy Rapacz
Age/year in school (incoming): 17/Senior
Position: Outside Hitter
How long have you played volleyball? Three years.
What do you love most about volleyball?
The tempo of the game and how excited everyone gets when you get a kill or a block. And mostly because I think it's the most exciting team sport.
What are your goals for the upcoming season? How will you achieve them?
Personally, I want to have better stats than last year and probably be All-Conference or MVP, along those lines. As a [team], to win conference and to be at least regional champs. We think we have a really good team this year.
How do you motivate yourself to train during the summer?
I think about how I want to play in season. The harder I train, the better I'll be. Literally the sky's the limit. I'm also preparing for the tempo of college ball, so any reps I can get count.
Who has inspired you most in your athletic endeavors?
My mom was always there from the emotional standpoint. She was there for my highest and my lowest points. She kept telling me to never give up no matter how hard things got. My dad comes to each of my games, tournaments, and cheers me on. My parents have been my biggest supporters.
If you didn’t play volleyball, what would you be doing?
Playing basketball. I wanted to be a WNBA player before volleyball came along because I was so into it and played for many years.
What’s the best part about summer in Glenview?
Being with my friends and having a good time. Especially just going to the beach and getting a good tan.
Who is your favorite athlete and why?
Destinee Hooker [U.S. women’s volleyball player] because every time I watch her in the Olympics I become more amazed. I want to be as good as her or even better one day.
How do you beat the heat during workouts?
Drink lots of water and Gatorade and just embrace the sweat. Hard work is something to be proud of.
Favorite quote or words to live by:
"Never let enough be enough."
"Never put a limit on anything. The more you dream the further you'll get." – Michael Phelps
"Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard."
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