Mike Hovick – Athlete of the Week (April 20, 2016)

Athlete of the Week: Mike Hovick

Mike Hovick

Senior Mike Hovick’s confidence sparks explosive start for Panthers

With only one year of varsity experience under his belt, senior Mike Hovick is having no problems leading his team to a successful first half of the season.

Hovick, the son of James and Julie Hovick, got his first taste of varsity volleyball action as a junior. Now in his senior season for the Panthers, Hovick’s beaming confidence and leadership are not only showing in his play but are rubbing off on his team as well. Aside from gaining results his play as also gained the attention of Panther head coach Katelyn Hagarty.

“There were times last year if he [Hovick] had a bad hit, he would kind of back down and play a bit more timid afterwards,” said Hagarty. “But this year he is blocking phenomenally and his confidence has really increased. He doesn’t get phased after a bad ball and he always wants to be a part of the play when it matters the most.”

Most recently Hovick’s consistent and confident play as a Panther setter has made way for his team to earn a second place finish at the Fort Zumwalt South tournament and an overall record of 10-3-2 so far this season.

While his play is off to a stellar start in 2016, even more notable for the senior has been his ability to lead his team. As a captain for the team Hovick’s positive attitude and command of his teammates has paid dividends early on.

“I try to always keep the teams moral up and be positive at all times,” said Hovick. “I focus really hard on leading by example and doing my best to make as few little mistakes as possible so that my team will do the same.”

Coach Hagarty is impressed with how her senior captain has helped the team, but is not surprised by his ability to do so.

“Mike’s always positive and always works hard. During practice and in games he gets excited for other players when they make good plays and really helps boost the team up when they are down,” said Hagarty.

Hovick says that his favorite part about volleyball is his team and their friendships both on and off the court.

“My teammates are my best friends,” said Hovick. “They are fun to play alongside and it makes the hard work enjoyable.”

Next year Hovick plans to attend the Coast Guard Academy.