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The Drill: Windom’s Hacker a versatile asset for Eagles volleyball

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WINDOM -- Becca Hacker is in good company when it comes to high school volleyball.

One of six Hackers who have gone through the Windom Area volleyball program, she had sisters who she looked up to and tried to emulate.

It hasn’t been easy in a family full of Hackers for Becca to carve out a special niche for herself. But the Eagles senior achieved a notable milestone on Sept. 10 when she recorded her 1,000th career set assist.

She accomplished it against a Heron Lake-Okabena team coached by her older sister, Trista Rhubee.

Becca, though, is a special player for more than the numbers she’s put up. She’s not just a fine setter, but she’s also a valuable middle hitter who can hit it as well as direct the ball for others to hit. She’s an excellent server and also excellent at digging. She is, in fact, an all-around player on a very good Windom Area team with a strong volleyball history.

The WAHS senior, who hopes to pursue an elementary education degree in college, has been playing varsity volleyball since her eighth-grade season.

For as long as she can remember, she wanted to follow in her sisters’ footsteps and play for head coach Ron Wendorff, who mentored five other Hackers. Wendorff retired at the end of the 2017 season, and now new head coach Crystal Fast is keeping the Eagles flying at a high level.

The Globe recently interviewed and shot video footage of Becca Hacker in her volleyball element. You can go online to see the video at www.dglobe.com. Here’s a sample of the interview:

QUESTION: What was it like to get your 1,000th set assist?

ANSWER: “I knew it was coming up, and I wasn’t sure I was going to get it that night. But I was really hopeful I would because me and my sister are very close. And my family was all there to watch. … It was very exciting. After the game, my sister came over and gave me a hug.”

QUESTION: What are the qualities that are needed to go a good job at setting? What’s the primary responsibility of the setter?

ANSWER: “To be a setter you have to be very aware of everything around you. You have to know where hitters like their set put, what’s going on on the other side of the court. You have to see the open gaps to know where the blockers are and who’s open and available for setting.”

QUESTION: So just how far do you go back when it comes to volleyball?

ANSWER: “My first state tournament was when I was only a few months old. Two of my sisters, Sabrina and Stephanie, went to state and competed in 2000. Another one of my sisters, Trista -- who now is the head coach at Heron Lake-Okabena -- she competed at state in 2007 and 2008, and in 2008 they were state champions. Since I was little I’ve been watching them and looking up to them.”

Doug Wolter

Doug Wolter is the Daily Globe sports editor. He served as sports reporter, then sports editor, news editor and finally managing editor at the Daily Globe for 22 years before leaving for seven years to work as night news editor at the Mankato Free Press in Mankato. Doug now lives in Worthington with his wife, Sandy. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Doug, retired after a lengthy career in fast-pitch softball, enjoys reading, strumming his acoustic guitar and hanging around his grandchildren. He also writes books on fiction. Two of his stories, "The Genuine One" and "The Old Man in Section 129" have been distributed through a national publisher.

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