Taylor Pribble prides herself on being uber-competitive when she’s on the volleyball court.
The Windsor High School senior, who plays the libero position better than most in Class 4A, hopes to lead the Wizards to a second straight state berth.
“Taylor is a very fierce competitor. In practice and in competition, you get the same out of her,” Wizards head coach LaVerne Huston said.
Going into the weekend’s Cheyenne Mountain Invitational, Pribble was among the state leaders in digs (356), and was second on the team to teammate Becca Mikkelson with 35 aces.
“I just don’t want the ball to hit the floor,” Pribble said. “On a hard ball, I just want to get it up. If I dive for the ball, I want to bring it back to the middle of the court. I’m very competitive back there.”
Huston said Pribble, who carries a 3.5 grade-point average and has taken a variety of college-level courses, is a perfectionist on the court.
“She’s very hard on herself. She expects perfection,” Huston said. “She’s very demanding on herself, and very hard on her body. It’s all out with her.”
Pribble, 18, who is nursing a right shoulder injury, won’t let that injury stop her. Huston said Pribble is a vocal leader and is encouraging to her teammates.
The Wizards (18-1, 14-0 Tri-Valley Conference) are 28-0 the past two seasons in the conference, and have lost only four matches during that time.
“We’ve actually worked really hard for it. Every day in practice we’re all working hard and pushing one another,” Pribble said. “It really shows that our hard work is paying off.”
Pribble, who along with Mikkelson and Angie Pancost are the only seniors, credits her younger teammates Hannah Von Allman, Rikki Huston, Miranda Geist and Lexie Spykstra for the Wizards’ sparkling record this season.
“We’ve had underclassmen that have really stepped up,” Pribble said. “Hannah Von Allman plays every position on the court, and she really helps me in the back row. She can always get to the ball when I can’t.”
The 5-foot-4 Pribble, who was a defensive specialist her first three years on varsity, is following in the footsteps of former Windsor star Jaime Colaizzi, who earned a full scholarship to play for Colorado State and starts for the Rams as a freshman.
“I think Jaime was a good teacher to Taylor,” Huston said. “She talked to her a lot about defense, and I think Taylor looked up to Jaime in the respect of how good she was and how hard she worked. Taylor definitely does a nice job of emulating her with the work ethic.”
Pribble said Colaizzi pushed her to succeed last year when they were teammates.
“She helped me last year to become as good as I am,” Pribble said. “Obviously, it’s not the same without her back there. She played that position better than anyone in the state. She was a good role model to look at.”
Pribble played varsity basketball her freshman year, and varsity tennis her freshman and sophomore years. She’s been playing volleyball since she was 9.
“From the beginning, I knew I wanted to play defense,” Pribble said. “It’s really cool when I see one of my hitters get a huge kill.”
Pribble said her volleyball career at Windsor High School is one she’ll never forget.
“I’ll remember my four years in high school volleyball more than I’ll remember anything about high school,” she said. “These girls are some of my best friends like outside of season and outside of school. We’re studying together. We’re helping each other. We’re having movie sleepovers. We all look forward to coming to practice and hanging out. We can all read each other on the court.”