Frigo serves as vocal leader
Updated: December 2, 2012 7:11AM
Smashing four kills in Game 2 of Evanston’s 25-16, 25-12 regional final loss to Trinity, senior outside hitter Mary Frigo served as a go-to player right to the last moment of her prep career.
“It’s so hard because this is the last time that I’m going to be at the head of the program as a captain,” said the 5-foot-11 Frigo, whose five kills in her final match on Oct. 25 tied Caitlin Boer for the team lead.
“As seniors four of us have played on the same team since sophomore year. With two great setters like Ari (Salas) and Caroline (Duke), all of us worked together so well. We sync so well together.”
Evanston coach Pam MacPherson has seen the impact Frigo’s many skills have had on her program.
“Mary has been a big part of the heart of this team,” MacPherson said. “She’s a very positive leader, our vocal captain. She’s been a really important part of keeping us together as a group through ups and downs. She’s been a constant for us.”
Five years ago, Frigo couldn’t have pictured her future on the court.
“Growing up I didn’t play volleyball until eighth grade,” Frigo said. “I played other sports, then in eighth grade we had a volleyball program at my middle school and I really began to like it because I was tall. I joined a club that year and I just decided it was something I loved to do. I dropped every other sport — I had been a swimmer and soccer player — and I committed myself to volleyball.”
Volleyball, though, is far from the only important part of her life.
“I volunteer at an after-school program for autistic kids called Have Dreams, and I love it there,” Frigo said. “They’re the most amazing people. And there aren’t that many high school volunteers so I’m with the same kid, his name is Tyler, every week.
“I plan on working with them this year and then possibly having an internship there this summer. I’m into athletic training (as a possible career), but I like special ed a lot.”