Academic All Star - Stephanie Knapp

By wbng sports

October 4, 2012 Updated Oct 4, 2012 at 6:50 PM EDT

Harpursville, NY (WBNG Binghamton)

She can be a jokester on the court, but Stephanie Knapp is no class clown.

The Harpursville senior carries an "A" average in her studies.
And she is set up for success.Just like she sets up her volleyball teammates for a big score.
Gabe Osterhout has more on this week's academic all star.

The Harpursville girls volleyball team is undefeated on the season and one big reason is Stephanie Knapp.
The 5 foot 9 inch senior plays in the middle and has become a quality setter for her team.
But the biggest reason she plays volleyball?

"I still think it's the team. It's having people there you like to play with, using the skills that you have to work all the time on to keep tuned and just being together."

Knapp started playing volleyball at a camp in 6th grade and worked her way through the ranks to the varsity level.

This year, she's one of the leaders of the team.
She says she can be a vocal leader when the team needs it, but she also likes to lead by example.

Coach Angie Bough says, "She's comedic, she can bring in that sense of humor for us and lighten up the mood when it needs to be lightened up and when it needs to be that serious time, like I'm on the sideline barking at them, saying you know you've got to get off the net, you've got to move, she's on board with that. She's getting the girls rounded up."
While her volleyball career is important to her, so are her academics.
She carries a 90 average, with a very difficult schedule.
At the end of this year, she'll have 40 college credits.

Or more than most college freshman have after their first full year.

"I think it's easier to take them in high school and its also going to get me a better start. It's going to give me a better work ethic and overall it's just going to help me later on."
After she graduates in June, Knapp hopes to go to SUNY Potsdam to major in English or communications.
She says English has always been her favorite subject in school because she loves to read and loves to write.
And one day she would like to be a copy editor or go into publishing.
But before she leaves Harpursville, she hopes to edit the school record books, by winning back to back conference volleyball championships.
And that's why she's this week's academic all-star.
In Harpursville, Gabe Osterhout, Action Sports.

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