B.I. graduate continues volleyball at PC
Savannah Brown, who graduated as Salutatorian from the Block Island High School in 2021, continues to pursue her passion for volleyball by playing on Providence College’s Women’s Club Volleyball team. Brown played at the high school since her sophomore year. “I really liked playing in high school. I loved my coaches and the position I was put in,” Brown said. The Block Island girls volleyball team went to playoffs Brown’s sophomore year, then went to championships her junior year, but lost to St. Raphael Academy in Pawtucket both years. After that, her senior year team went to the semi-finals but lost to Newport's William S. Rogers High School. Brown also has played summer volleyball
on the island since the summer before her junior year. “I loved beach volleyball and whenever I could play I would,” Brown said.
Rob Martin, coach of the Block Island girls volleyball team, took time to appreciate Brown and her years on the team. “Savannah was more than a pleasure to coach. She had the drive and the talent you look for in athletes and the personality to match it,” Martin said. “She is a natural leader on the court and a great human in general. It was clear her teammates loved her and looked up to her as well.”
According to Martin, when Brown first started playing he could predict she was going to be the team’s libero, “the defensive specialist on the volleyball court.” Martin expressed how hardworking Brown was when she would practice after hours and always helped her teammates “We all knew Savannah was going to play in college in some form. Her level of game always would match her opponent or surpass. The harder the hit, the faster she would react,“ Martin said.
Brown also played club volleyball for South Kingston Juniors Volleyball Club her junior year. She had to deal with the challenge of playing for an off-island team, while living on Block Island. “I did my homework in the hotel, I played tournaments almost every weekend, and I went to the Boston tournament, which was huge,” Brown said. “It was very fun though, I learned a lot playing club.”
Although Brown didn’t have plans to play volleyball in college, she tried out and succeeded in making the team as their libero. “Tryouts were really hard, I really didn’t think I was going to make the team.” Although Brown had to adapt to a great deal of schoolwork, she was able to find an easy balance between school and volleyball. The team practices for two hours twice a week and has had two tournaments so far this year. According to Brown, because of the pandemic it has been harder to plan tournaments and so far the team has traveled to Massachusetts and New Hampshire. “It’s super fun traveling. I love the girls, the team, and playing in a new environment [with those] who can teach me a lot that I never knew,” Brown said. The team plays throughout both fall and spring semesters and more tournaments are to
“I hope to continue playing for Providence College. I love all the girls on my team and I am challenged every time I play,” Brown said.