Hibbert goes ‘Boom, Boom, Pow’ (Volleyball)

September 8, 2009

Anchorage’s Sarah Hibbert is acting like her old self again.

Except now the volleyball star is thriving at the University of Utah, not South High School.

Sarah Hibbert

The 6-foot-1 outside hitter continued her breakout season tonight when she smashed a career-high 21 kills in a five-set victory over Utah State. This comes just a few days after she crushed a then career-high 17 kills against Missouri.

Through eight matches this year Hibbert leads the nationally ranked Utes in kills (97) and points per set (3.47) while ranking fourth in attack percentage (.288).

Her revival is hardly a surprise.

Last year as a freshman Hibbert cracked the starting lineup at the end of the season and showed her true grit in her first career road start at archrival BYU, where she delivered five kills, 10 digs and two blocks. It was typical Hibbert – strong on both sides of the ball.

A two-time Gatorade Alaska Player of the Year at South, Hibbert led the Wolverines to three Class 4A state championships. She’s reportedly the only prep player from Alaska to be on the all-state tournament team and win a championship three years in a row.

Away from the court Hibbert is an honor-roll student in addition to being an accomplished clarinetist and pianist.