As a team player, Cass Tech senior Erica Hobson led a consummate team effort by the Lady Technicians in defense of the Detroit Public School League girls’ volleyball championship Oct. 25 at Western International High School.
In winning the best-of-five match in four games, Cass Tech rose to the throne against Renaissance for the second year in a row and Hobson, for her impactful role, earned the distinction of PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week.
“Erica has been awesome both on and off the court in the four years she’s been with us,” Cass Tech coach Ed Tomlin said. “She’s a tremendous athlete and really stepped up (in the championship match). I don’t know how many, but she had some timely kills. All the girls came together and Erica was outstanding.”
As an All-City sprinter in track, Hobson knows what it’s like to go into competition with the focus squarely on self.
“Volleyball is different because you need all six players to come together,’’ she said. “That’s what we did. Even when we got a little down, we kept our energy level up because that’s what Cass Tech does. Everybody gave everything they had and left it on the court.”
With a 3.3 grade point average, Hobson is drawing interest from college recruiters in track and field and volleyball. She has ambitions of “going to a prestigious college” on a scholarship and becoming a physical therapist.
She still has her final track season ahead of her, but Hobson couldn’t be more pleased to climax her volleyball career at Cass Tech with a second consecutive PSL title.
“It was very important to me that we win, especially because I’m a senior, and we’ve worked so hard over the season,’’ she said. “I love volleyball and I feel great to be a part of this team. It makes it more special that my coach would nominate me for this award. I feel so honored.”
The Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week Award is representative of the league’s top boys’ and girls’ athletic performers and is sponsored by local Detroit area McDonald’s owner-operators.