O’Fallon Township High School senior Imani Williamson has been outstanding in her second season as a mainstay in the Panthers varsity lineup, patrolling the net for the Lady Panther volleyball team.
The Panthers, boasting a 15-3 record, have blasted opposing defenses with a wide array of offensive weapons, and Williamson is certainly one of them. Just over halfway through the 2016 campaign, she has already scored 93 kills and 12 blocks. Those numbers, along with her 69 digs, have given the Lady Panthers a lethal weapon on the front line and earned her the Athlete of the Week award.
“Imani always competes at a high level and is a true leader on the court,” said OTHS head coach Melissa Massey. “We are looking forward to what she can accomplish in the last half of the season. She is a dominator at the net due to her volleyball savvy as well as great physical ability. With a 33 (inch) vertical jump, she surprises some opposing players with her ability to rise above blockers and score.
“She is certainly a force to be reckoned with. It gives us an additional weapon so teams cannot focus on a single player at the net.”
Imani, the daughter of Richard and Elisha Williamson, found her way to the volleyball court in grade school.
“I started playing volleyball in the fifth grade,” Imani said. “My fifth grade P.E. teacher told me to try out for a club team, and that’s how it all started. I’ve been playing volleyball ever since.
“Playing volleyball has made me a leader. I have become a stronger person through playing athletics. It gives me a way to express myself.”