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By Derrick Smith

Any athlete that is great at their sport has a few things in common. They work hard and continue to get better. They also love and enjoy playing their sport. Another thing they all share is a support system, a group of people that cheer them on and are always there for them. Abigail Cunningham says that her support system has helped her become the person and athlete she is.

“Both of my parents are huge role models in my life,” she said. “My mom has been an incredible influence because of how she loves and gives all she has. She is my safe place and my best friend. My dad is a rock and our provider. He is dependable and has always pushed me and my siblings to be the best we can be.”

Cunningham is a senior at Lincoln Christian High School. She is a multi-sport athlete, competing in both volleyball and tennis. While her two sports are different, Abigail says that they definitely have their similarities. 

“Both sports require a lot of technique which only comes along with a lot of reps,” Abigail said. “So I just make sure, especially during dead periods, that I’m keeping my hands on the ball and getting reps in daily. Also, they are just as much mental as they are physical, so I have to make that I am both mentally and physically ready.”

While she has enjoyed many memorable moments with her teams, she says that her favorite moment on the court is an easy one. “The biggest highlight of my volleyball career happened last season,” Cunningham said. “We went into the State Tournament ranked third. We took out the top two ranked teams to win our second straight state championship. It was an awesome experience.”

Abigail already has her sights set on playing volleyball at the next level after high school. “I am committed to playing volleyball at Seattle Pacific University next year,” she stated. “I am so excited to see how God leads me through that journey. I am forever grateful for all my coaches, teachers, parents, and friends who have helped me get here.”

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