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Female Athlete of the Week
Erica Burnham -- RIVERDALE
by Maurice Dixon
September 11, 2012 11:40 AM | 2463 views | 2 2 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Erica Burnham’s competitive nature is one reason why the Riverdale Lady Raiders are relevant again on the volleyball court.

“The impressive thing about Erica is her hunger and intensity,” Riverdale volleyball coach Brandy Jones said. “She will never give up.”

“She is always pushing and that’s a good thing,” Jones said. “I can coach somebody who always wants it. She has that push and drive, and that is the one thing I admire about her as a player.”

The passion which the senior outside hitter Burnham plays with has spread to the rest of the team, which is currently 10-1 overall and winners of 10 straight games.

“This year we have a team that wants to win,” Burnham said. “We are ready and want to compete every night. We haven’t had that mindset in a long time.”

Last season, Riverdale finished 7-15 overall and 2-10 in area 4N-AAAA.

“This is the best season volleyball has had in a while,” Jones said. “I think we have a good chance to provide some good competition for the rest of the county as well as the area.”

Off the court, Burnham owns a 3.5 GPA, and wants to play volleyball in college while majoring in psychology.

"I feel like I'm good with people and helping them with their problems," said Burnham, who wants to be a family and marriage therapist. "I just really like that."

Burnham also plays basketball and competes in the 110 hurdles, triple jump and high jump in track and field.

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