Volleyball: Rockeman ready to lift Legacy past run of frustration

Senior Makenna Rockeman led the Legacy Lightning in nearly every statistical category in 2013
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Senior Makenna Rockeman led the Legacy Lightning in nearly every statistical category in 2013

BROOMFIELD — All the motivation Makenna Rockeman and her Legacy teammates need is hanging right above their heads every day at practice.

The last time the Lightning was the Front Range League champion was 2007. It has been six seasons of frustration since.

“This is my senior year and this is it,” Rockeman said. “So (looking up there) is a huge motivation for me to go out there and lead this team and try and make the playoffs.”

Rockeman led the Lightning in just about every statistical category last season, but in her mind there is only one statistic that matters and that is wins.

Since the 2007 season, when they went 7-1 in league play, Legacy has not recorded a winning record.

Despite the numbers that would have told you otherwise, Rockeman’s junior year was “just rough,” she explained.

“Just managing school, volleyball and recruiting stuff,” said Rockeman, who has already committed to play at the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota. “That was a huge weight lifted off my shoulders for sure.”

A year-round player that has been playing since the sixth grade, Rockeman has the all-around game that most coaches drool over. At 6-feet tall, she is a talented hitter that sees the court well on her attack. Defensively she is in the right places and has an improved blocking game, a must with a smaller team.

“She’s a great player and a great leader above all. She is just one of the girls on the team that all of the girls kind of depend on,” Lightning coach Lora Faust said. “There is definitely more continuity when she is on the court.”

But the one thing Rockeman loves the most on the court is the passing game and the ability to get set her teammates up in the ideal position for success.

“Passing has always been one of my best assets, which I think makes me a great all-around player,” she said. “But I also really enjoy hitting, especially when I have a good connection with the setter.”

Rockeman led the team with 205 digs last season and has a knack for knowing exactly where to be on the court.

“It is something that she has really worked on the last couple of years and a point of emphasis for her,” Faust said. “It has definitely started to show. She had the hitting, even during her freshman and sophomore years, and now she is starting to develop the rest of her game.”

Coming off of a 9-14 season, the Lightning have a simple goal of just being better than last season and if that takes them to the district playoffs and then regionals, then that is just a cherry on top of a successful season.

Surrounding Rockeman are players like outside hitter Sydney Ottosen and right side junior Kalliope Loudenburg.

“This year we have a lot more athletic players, as opposed to our height last year, and the team dynamic is great,” said Rockeman, whose team starts the season on Sept. 2 at home against Columbine. “We are going to want to win. That is our motivation, to leave a legacy and not leave a legacy of losing.”

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