Kinetic PT Athlete of the Week: Sarah Ward (Pope John Paul II)

Athlete: Sarah Ward
 
School: Pope John Paul II
 
Sport: Volleyball
 
The week that was: The junior outside hitter has been a force to be reckoned with during another strong postseason run by the Golden Panthers, who reached the PIAA Class 3A quarterfinals before dropping a narrow 3-0 (26-24, 25-22, 26-24) decision to West York last Thursday.
 
Sarah finished with 11 kills in the loss, following up her 10-kill effort in PJP's 3-0 (29-27, 25-22, 25-20) straight sets win over Cardinal O'Hara in the state playoff opener Tuesday. 
 
"Sarah has been our rock for the last half of the season," said veteran PJP coach Ryan Sell, whose club went 15-7 and earned second-place finishes in the PAC and District 1. "She's played very well when it was needed."
 
Ward, who had a career-high 18 kills in a 3-2 PAC win over Perkiomen Valley on Oct. 10, collected 165 kills and 20 aces during her strong season.