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Buffalo's Null receives recognition as Gamer of the Week

Oct. 11, 2013 @ 09:15 AM

Teays Physical Therapy Center Inc. and the Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week's Female Gamer of the Week award to Madison Null of Buffalo High School.

Injuries have plagued the Buffalo Bisons Volleyball team this season. Several of their starting upperclass players have had to miss one or multiple games due to an injury or illness which has hurt the team in finding a good rhythm. Some players have stepped up to the challenge of filling rolls that need to be filled and one of those has been junior outside hitter Madison Null.

"I asked her to step up her game when we had some of our seniors get hurt and she has done just that. She has been a leader for this team when the senior leaders have not been able to play," said Coach Brian Null. She had a lot to do with the team's big win over Tyler Consolidated last week, who was ranked No. 1 in the state in single A.

In their last three games, Madison had 26 kills, 25 digs and 4 aces. On the season, she has 122 kills, 89 digs and 33 aces. Even though the Lady Bisons are 8-13 she says that the team is playing really well right now, especially as players continue to return from injuries.

"It really was a struggle for a while but everyone has picked up the slack. We have been working on different kinds of hits and now that our setter is back she allows us to throw in some trick sets," she said.

Madison feels she is playing much better than her sophomore season which she credits to playing for the Kanawha Valley club volleyball team.

"I didn't make the travel team but I got to play on Sundays with them and it helped me to continue to improve. The biggest thing they taught me was enthusiasm wins games and I've tried to carry that into the season," she said.

Her dad and coach Brian Null has been the biggest motivator in her life, but she will be the first to tell you that it is not easy being the coach's daughter.

"He and my mom have always pushed me to do well in school and in volleyball. It is not easy having your dad as a coach because you don't get special treatment like some people think. But it's good too because we discuss what to improve in the next game and he also helps me practice in the off-season," she said.

Madison is a member of the National Honors Society and is also the Junior Class vice president at Buffalo. She is also a member of Winfield Baptist Church where she is active in their youth group called Gravity. She has a 4.0 GPA.

Look for Madison and other local area high school athletes to be named next week's Female Gamer of the week sponsored by Teays Physical Therapy Center Inc. and the Putnam Herald.

Brad Coleman MS, ATC, CSCS, works at Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc.