Our first athlete of the week for the fall season is Melanie Aldrich, a senior at Windham High School, who is on the volleyball team. The 17-year-old is a setter for the team. She is supported by her mom, Mary Anne and her brother Matthew.
She looks up to Mariah Hebert, a setter at Saint Joseph’s College and Chris Cloutier, a setter and the WHS volleyball coach.
“Melanie brings a high level of leadership to the team. On the court she has been aggressive and supportive. Melanie always leaves it on the court giving 100 percent in practice and matches,” said coach Cloutier, who nominated Melanie.
When asked if it’s difficult to balance school and sports she said “sometimes, because practice is 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and games don’t start until 6 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.
Teamwork is about “the same end goal, so why not work together and accomplish it together?” Melanie said.
She hopes to attend a New England college for radiology.