Lisa Zielinski, Broward County's longest-tenured high school volleyball coach, picked up a milestone victory on Thursday night.
With St. Thomas Aquinas' 25-8, 25-6, 25-8 win over Plantation, Zielinski earned her 675th career victory. She is in her 26th season as the Raiders' coach.
“I’m just grateful and blessed to be in the situation I’m in,” said Zielinski, whose team finished as the Class 7A state runner-up last season. “Being in such a great program, with such a great school and all the support I have here, not everyone has that opportunity. The support at St. Thomas has been here since day one.”
Making the experience even more memorable for Zielinski is the fact she got to share the moment with her daughter, Mackenzie, a senior setter for St. Thomas.
Zielinski's older daughter--Stephanie--also played for her mother at St. Thomas before going on to become a four-year starter at Rutgers.
“It was [Mackenzie’s] first match of her last season, so I thought about that too. About, ‘Here it is,’” Lisa Zielinski said. “It meant a lot to have her there. I think it’s been wonderful to share something that I love so much with both of my daughters. That’s been a joy, to share my passion with them. They have such a passion for the game too and that’s been awesome to see.”
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