Orange Lutheran senior Brianne Sullivan comes from a sports family and a long line of Lancer sibling alumni who participated in the school’s athletic programs. As the youngest of five, Sullivan began playing volleyball in 7th grade and now plays libero for OLu’s varsity team, a position she loves for the nonstop action it provides.
“I think it’s fun and adrenaline-rushing to be able to get the dig up and then for my teammates to get a good set and a kill,” says Sullivan. “I really like diving everywhere, and always being on the court is something I also really enjoy.”
In her final year as a Lancer, Sullivan is using her senior leadership role as an opportunity to inspire and encourage her teammates in all situations.
“I lead my teammates by helping them in any way I can, because everyone takes in encouragement differently,” says the 18-year old. “I let them know that even if they get down, they can always get the next ball.”
Sullivan has overcome some of her own challenges, as she sat out last season to recover from back surgery. While it was frustrating to watch from afar, she remained focused and worked her way back to the lineup.
“Brianne has been a steady leader on the court this year for us,” says OLu varsity girls volleyball interim head coach, Jacob Jordan. “She has been the leader of our defense, and our team rallies around her in tough situations. She is a valuable player to have on our team and does whatever she can to help make us better as a team.”
As an Ignite leader, Sullivan has found unique fulfillment in serving OLu’s transfer student community.
“I really like working with transfers, even though I wasn’t a transfer myself, but I like working with upperclassmen and helping them with their way around,” says Sullivan. “It’s great to see that they have connections already, but I also [enjoy] being able to help them along the way.”
With a strong interest in art and design, Sullivan is looking to study interior design and continue her volleyball career in college. Her parents and four siblings are her strongest motivators, and her faith keeps her rooted in the reason why she plays the game.
“My faith is definitely a very big part in my life,” says Sullivan. “When I’m feeling down, I just know that everything is for Christ, and it’s not just for myself or the team. Knowing that there is a greater purpose and that we are here to serve Him is a big part of my athletics.”