HUMPHREY — Alyssa Frauendorfer is not comfortable in the spotlight.
That’s why the Humphrey senior, the 2013 Lincoln Journal Star Girls Prep Athlete of the Year, gets more nervous competing in a track meet than in a volleyball match or basketball game.
“Everybody’s watching you individually, and I don’t like that,” said the 6-foot Wayne State volleyball recruit.
It also explains why she was shaking like a leaf during her speech a few weeks ago at high school graduation. Frauendorfer has been a straight A student all the way through school, earning her the spot of valedictorian for the Humphrey senior class.
“That was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do,” Frauendorfer said.
The bright lights and the big stage, however, don’t seem to affect her performance. In fact, she appears to thrive on it.
At the state volleyball tournament last fall, Frauendorfer unloaded 70 kills in three matches, including 23 in the finals against Cedar Valley.
She was the focal point for Humphrey's back-to-back state titles in volleyball, she often scored big against the toughest basketball foes and she has seven career gold medals from the state track meet.
“Alyssa’s a quiet kid who doesn’t like all the attention, but she’s a great competitor who has a lot of athletic talent,” Humphrey volleyball coach Gary Bender said.
The main ingredient of her athletic talent is jumping ability. Frauendorfer has won the Class D long jump and triple jump titles the past two years with top leaps of 18 feet, 2¼ inches and 37-3¾, respectively, this season.
“She has the ability to just hang in the air, which makes her a great attacker and blocker,” Bender said. “Her arm swing is so fast and powerful, and the way she jumps gives her time to read the court and see where the (defensive) openings are.’’
It’s the same way in basketball, where the Bulldogs went 23-4 this past winter.
Her jump allows Frauendorfer, who owns Humphrey's single-game scoring record with 39 against Lyons-Decatur Northeast last winter, to go inside against bigger players or control things against smaller players on the perimeter.
“She’s just so versatile,” Humphrey girls basketball coach Marty Moser said. “Alyssa can drive and elevate over people, she can post up or she can go outside and shoot the three.’’
So just where did she get the hops? “We had a trampoline in our yard when I was younger, that probably had a lot to do with it,” Frauendorfer said.
Did she learn how to dunk thanks to the trampoline? “Maybe,” she said with sheepish grin.
The past two years, Frauendorfer scored 34 and 31 points against Shelby-Rising City, which features 6-3 Super-Stater Chatrice White, who has committed to play college basketball at Illinois. Coaches from Oklahoma State, who were on hand to watch White, saw Frauendorfer’s 34-point performance as a junior, persuaded her to take a visit to Stillwater and offered a scholarship.
“By that time, I was pretty sure I was going to Wayne for volleyball,” Frauendorfer said. “I wanted a smaller school closer to home and I wanted to play volleyball."
Frauendorfer could’ve gone to a larger high school as a junior and senior, since she and her mother, Theresa, moved to Columbus, 20 miles south of Humphrey. Theresa works in the front office at Humphrey High School.
“This is where I’ve gone to school since kindergarten and it’s where all my friends are,” Frauendorfer said.
She also could’ve gone to Humphrey St. Francis, a girls athletic power in the 1990s and 2000s whose school is just two blocks north of Humphrey High.
“I had the choice, but I’ve always just wanted to go here with my friends and help start a tradition of girls sports at this school,” she said.
Alyssa is the youngest of three children. Her brother, Derick, is eight years older, while sister Paige is four years older. Paige just finished her college basketball career at Nebraska-Omaha, and Alyssa credits her for being a good role model to follow.
“I owe it all to her,” Alyssa said. “I followed her everywhere when she was in high school, and I saw how much time and effort she put into it. I knew exactly what it took to be successful my first day as a freshman.”