Olivia Neff is one of only three seniors on the sixth-ranked Richwoods Lady Knights.
Now leading a young group, she remembers her sophomore year, when she looked up to a senior named Olivia.
“That’s when Olivia Elger was a senior, and she definitely mentored me and helped me and took me under her wing, and that taught me as well that when these younger kids get on the team, to make them feel welcome, because it does make a big impact,” Neff said.
Neff has made an impact for three seasons, using her experience to set examples for teammates in practice and in games.
“Her maturity is off the charts,” said Richwoods coach Todd Hursey. “Her maturity in the way she handles her teammates, in the way she leads her teammates. It’s just what every coach asks for.”
She’s also a leader off the court. Neff has lent a hand for many service projects with kids through the Interact Club, and with St. Jude club, she’s earning experience in marketing before she pursues a college degree.
“I’m in charge of the St. Jude Twitter page,” Neff said. “Just spreading the word, making posters, making sure everyone’s aware of activities and fundraisers we’re doing for St. Jude.”
Before her marketing career, Neff and the Knights have unfinished business.
“Once we got the season kind of kicked off, I realized our chemistry is just amazing, and that, along with the talent we have, is just unstoppable,” said Neff. “We can really go far with it.”