Her name will go down in the annuals of Smith-Cotton volleyball.
“It would have to be winning the Higginsville Spikefest this season,” said Smith-Cotton sophomore Abby Knight of her high school athletic highlight. ‘We beat Maryville in the championship game. It was the first tournament we had won in a lot of years.”
Make that many, many years that S-C has failed to win a tournament. This is their second winning season in the last 20 years.”
Knight was named first-team All West Central Conference her freshman season and is a two-time selection to the Smith-Cotton Invitational All Tournament Team.
The 15-year old Knight is an excellent student with an 11.0 grade point average on an 11.0 scale, plans to take the ACT in the spring and is tied with several other students for the top spot academically in her sophomore class.
Knight is uncertain about a college choice or a major but hopes that sports wil be an option for her in college. Because she is interested in math and science, Knight is considering studying astrophysics.
This school year, Knight is taking weighted courses Honors Algebra II, Honors English II and Honors American History.
“Definitely academics are more important,” said Knight. If you don’t have the grades, you can’t play the sports. Academics and sports are good as far as getting into a good college,”
Knight played softball, volleyball and basketball from an early age, but gave up softball when she got to high school because the season conflicted with high school volleyball. She played traveling ball for several years in all three sports. She suffered a broken wrist this summer and missed part of the Sedalia Volleyball Club Season, including the team winning the Branson Tournament.
“It’s hard, it would be between volleyball and basketball for my favorite sport,” she said. “I really can’t pick one over the other.”
For hobbies, Knight enjoys drawing, painting, taking piano lessons and spending time with friends and family.
Knight has an older sister, Katelin Knight, 20 and a student at Missouri State University in Springfield, and a younger brother, Will, 12 and a sixth grader at the Middle School.
Knight is the daughter of Barb and Barney Knight, Sedalia.