For the past couple of years Amber Stratman has been the player behind the scenes for the Shiner Lady Comanches.
Shiner senior Amber Stratman.
This year as the lone senior on the team she has had to step into the spotlight and has not missed a beat.
A first team all-district selection last year, Stratman helped the Lady Comanches get off to a 5-0 start and claim the championship at the St. Joseph Lady Flyers Tournament. For her accomplishments, she has been named the Advocate's Athlete of the Week.
"She's a four-year starter and has been in situations the younger players haven't been in before and can guide them through those situations," Lady Comanches coach Michelle Winkenwerder said. "A good example was the St. Joseph game where she showed no fear and that gave the younger ones confidence in what they needed to do on the floor."
For the week Stratman recorded 61 kills, 36 digs, seven blocks, five assists and five aces and was named the MVP at the St. Joseph tournament. In the championship game against St. Joseph she tallied 19 digs, 18 kills and two blocks in a five-game victory.
The Lady Comanches also defeated Smithville, Ganado, Faith Academy and Shiner St. Paul on the week.
"I was pleased with the way I played, Stratman said.
But she was quick to note that it was more of a team effort in getting off to the 5-0 start.
"We have a small team but a sound team," Stratman said. "One of the best qualities we have is real good team chemistry. Everyone gets along on and off the court and this kind of start should help everyone."
Winkenwerder also feels the start will do nothing but help the confidence of her senior.
"She's played on some good teams and has always been back behind the scene," Winkenwerder said. "This should help pump up her confidence. Now she is getting her turn to step up and given that opportunity she did a wonderful job this week."
Paul Ebner is the assistant sports editor for the Victoria Advocate.
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