Spotlight: Regan Smith
The Tyler Star News Spotlight Athlete of the week for July 24, 2019, is Silver Knight Junior three-sport standout Regan Smith. A letter winner in Softball, Volleyball and Basketball since her freshman season, Smith has been working hard this summer in anticipation of earning her third straight starting berth for the Silver Knights.
The 5’8″ junior will be one of the main front row hitters for coach Richard Summers team, while sharing duties at the setter position. Smith brings a lot of energy to her game and has increased her speed and improved her reflexes allowing her to be a much-improved defensive player. The Silver Knights volleyball team is in a rebuilding year after losing six of their top players to graduation, but Smith said she believes they have the players to make another run in the state tournament.
“We are young, but we do have some experience and by the time the season gets underway we should be able to hold our own. I am hoping to help us be a contender when tournament time rolls around,” stated Smith.
An above average student in the class room, with a 4.0 or better G.P.A., Smith can be counted on to carry some of that knowledge to the game every time she steps on the court. Even though she has gone through some serious illness the past year and suffered some injuries recently, her competitive spirit continues to be a driving force for her.
While watching her in a recent summer volleyball tournament it was plain to see she will be a leader for the Knights this season. She gives 100 percent all the time and is a team player who likes to keep everyone involved, she is going to be a good one for the Knights. Whether it’s in volleyball, basketball or softball, Knights fans can expect to see big things from this athlete for the next couple of years.
“I coached Regan’s dad and her uncle years ago and both had a tremendous work ethic. I think Regan has that same mindset, which has made her into a very good volleyball player,” said coach Richard Summers.
“As a freshman, Regan made the play that ultimately put us in the state tournament. Last year she played great in the state tournament and was named All-Tournament. We expect big things from her this year.We lost six great leaders last year and we are looking to see who steps up to lead our team. I think Regan is one who is showing promising leadership. We’ve been blessed to coach some very good players the last twenty years. If she continues to get better, she has a chance to be as good as any of them.”