After leading Amity to the Class LL quarterfinals and posting 290 kills, 157 digs and 48 aces, senior Allison Denny has been named New Haven Register All-Area Most Valuable Player. According to her coach, Paul Thees, she played with the spirit of a well-known movie character.
“Her favorite athlete is Rocky Balboa,” Spartans coach Paul Thees said. “And she resembles characteristics that are similar to his. Loyal, honest, and a fighter, willing to go the distance without giving up.”
Denny said the team watched Rocky movies together and the Philly’s boxer’s mentality in the ring, became theirs on the court.
“We would always joke about it on and off the court,” she said. “It helped us loosen up.”
A loose, calm and collected Denny was named to the All-CHSCA and Southern Connecticut Conference teams and was picked SCC MVP. Denny, an outside hitter, led Amity to a 16-4 regular season, in which it amassed nine sweeps and won seven straight matches from Oct. 3-16.
Thees, who retired after the season, said Denny was a team player and a fierce competitor.
“She plays the game with devotion and passion,” he said.
Denny also approaches track and field with that attitude, where the All-Area MVP participates in the shot put. The senior is a captain on the outdoor track team.
Away from athletic, Denny is undecided on a college, but said she likes Franklin Pierce.
“I love the school,” she said. “They have a health professions program there.”
Which is important to Denny, because she wants to study pre-med in college.
“I could have an impact on people’s lives,” Denny said. “I like being around people and I’m really interested in it.”