Suburban Life Athlete of the Week: Marin Johnson, Glenbard West, volleyball, senior

Glenbard West senior Marin Johnson

Name: Marin Johnson

School: Glenbard West, senior

Sport: Volleyball

Why she was selected: Johnson helped lead Glenbard West to the championship of Wheaton North’s Blue and Gold Invitational, beating Benet in the championship match. Johnson was named to the all-tournament team. She was selected the Athlete of the Week in an online vote.

Here is her Q&A with Joshua Welge.

Welge: Winning that tournament and beating a good team like Benet in the final, what does it do for this team’s confidence? What was the key to that victory?

Johnson: It was a really good win and it really boosted our confidence, but we also know that we have a long season ahead and we need to keep working. The key to our victory was how well we work as a team. When we were losing, we stayed positive and we didn’t get frustrated. I think that is what helped us secure the victory.

Welge: What are some other goals for the season?

Johnson: We accomplished one of our goals this past weekend by winning a tournament, which was fun to check off the list. Another one of our team goals is to make a run for state and a personal goal of mine is to become a better leader on and off the court.

Welge: How did you decide on your college commitment? Do you know what you’re going to major in?

Johnson: After a lot of thinking and talking with my family, I decided on SEMO (Southeast Missouri State University) because of their great team chemistry, the amazing coaches, its location closer to home and I really liked the school itself. I am thinking about majoring in marketing or finance, but definitely something in business.

Welge: You’re obviously a great volleyball player. Did you ever play any other sports?

Johnson: I have played a few different sports, including soccer for a while when I was little, then I moved into more basketball for a few years and I tried track for a year, too.

Welge: Do you have a favorite sports team or athlete you like to watch or that you look up to?

Johnson: An athlete I have looked up to my entire life is Alex Morgan. What she has done for women’s sports and equality has always inspired me. I also like to watch college volleyball in class when I have some free time.

Joshua  Welge

Joshua Welge

I am the Sports Editor for Kendall County Newspapers, the Kane County Chronicle and Suburban Life Media, covering primarily sports in Kendall, Kane, DuPage and western Cook counties. I've been covering high school sports for 24 years. I also assist with our news coverage.