It was a very good summer for Osceola Chieftain volleyball standout Makena Hollman. No doubt she did the things that most high school seniors-to-be did but she also had time for her favorite sport, volleyball. Hollman played on an AAU team based in North Saint Paul that in the past has been made up of athletes from Stillwater, River Falls, North St. Paul, North Branch, Tartan, Forest Lake, New Richmond, St. Croix Falls, Unity and of course Osceola.
The North St. Paul team was coached by Corey Phelps. Hollman helped her Kokoro team to a 17-1 overall record but was also honored for her academics. Hollman was nominated as AAU Academic All-American. Phelps nominated Hollman because of her athletic and academic achievements. Her athletic accomplishments were measured on the volleyball court while her academic achievements included grade point average, extracurricular activities and clubs that she participates in.
“My favorite subject is by far the sciences,” Hollman noted. “Looking back, chemistry and the biologies have been huge highlights of my education. This year, I am most looking forward to taking human anatomy.”
Hollman hopes to make her senior year a success both in the classroom and on the volleyball courts. That is why she worked so hard last summer. She feels that she will be ready for the next big step after high school.
“After OHS I plan on going to go to college and majoring in biology with a pre-medicine track,” Hollman said. “On top of education, I also desire to take my volleyball collegiately. I’m hoping to find a college that offers both a great education and competitive volleyball.”
With her days on the North St. Paul Kokoro team behind her and her Chieftain days now upon her, Hollman hopes to take what she has learned and use it to help the Osceola team.
“This past club season my Kokoro team focused on team culture and turning to our teammates when we struggle,” Hollman said. “We learned to move on from each point and treat each point with the same attitude regardless of the current score. I think this is easily applicable to Osceola Chieftain Volleyball.
I’m looking forward to leading the team this season as a co-captain with Hannah Ebert.”
Osceola coach Holly Johnson is excited for volleyball to get into full swing. No doubt Hollman is a big part of her plans.
“Makena is great,” Johnson said. “She is a captain, leading the team on and off the court. Her hard work and dedication show in every practice. She is a stat leader as well as a key mental component in our game.”