Nadia Woodrow has a creativity that’s regimented. It serves her well with the Worthington Kilbourne girls volleyball team and in other pursuits.
In addition to being a key player for the Wolves at setter and right-side hitter, the senior is also an artist and a musician and wants to pursue architecture in college because of her newfound love of math. They all go hand in hand.
“Music-wise, the repetition of learning a song or getting muscle memory has definitely carried over (into volleyball),” Woodrow said. “I’m obviously using my fingers a lot.
“Focusing in on my hand-eye coordination probably helped me a little bit. But the repetition of working very hard and persevering to get something that I want – setting is something I love so much – I’ll work as hard as I can.”
Woodrow helped the Wolves to records of 9-6 overall and 7-3 in the OCC-Capital Division after a 19-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-19, 15-10 win over Delaware on Sept. 21. The match wrapped up a string of seven in eight days, with the Wolves going 4-3.
“(Woodrow has) been a varsity player since her sophomore year,” Coach Meladee Hopkins said. “She has great hands and she’s a pretty smart kid. She’s come along with her defense. She’s a smarter hitter than what she was when she first came (on varsity). She’s getting smarter with her setter dumps and placing the ball when she hits. She’s become a much better blocker. So, she’s really grown in all aspects of the game.”
Woodrow, a six-rotation player, led the Wolves with 212 assists through 14 matches. She was second on the team in kills (90) and aces (21) and fourth in digs (101) and blocks (10).
She’s able to play all around because she’s in a two-setter system with freshman Lilly Schultheis, who had 131 assists through 14 matches.
“I think these past two years have been really good for me playing all the way around,” Woodrow said. “I think I’ve found a good balance working as hard as I can to give the best sets I can and then letting that go for a minute and focusing on hitting. It’s very different, but at the same time it gives me insight to the other (side).”
Symari Scott had 125 kills and 30 aces, Maura Cummings had 188 digs, Sophia Keller had 13 blocks and Charlotte Routh and Elise Gundy had 12 blocks apiece through 14 matches.
“We’re starting to do the things we’re supposed to do, just not on a consistent basis,” Hopkins said. “I think our defense, at times, looks phenomenal and then at other times, it’s (not). Offensively, we usually do pretty well. Most of the games we’ve lost are due to our own unforced errors.”
Routh, who last played in a 25-20, 25-19, 25-18 loss to Big Walnut on Sept. 1, is out for the season with a back injury.
Woodrow got into art through her aunt, Julie Woodrow, who is a ceramics teacher at Kilbourne.
“Growing up, I always did ceramics stuff with her in my free time,” Nadia Woodrow said. “I also played instruments, which was a big part of getting me into that side of art, too. I played viola for a couple of years and then I played saxophone for four years and now I play bass guitar.
“(I’ve done ceramics) my whole life and just got to play around with it. Now, getting into high school and being able to take that (ceramics) class (allows me to hone in on) my skill. I really love ceramics because I get to tell (stories without) words. It’s really cool.”
She found her love of math while taking a test in Nancy Smith’s class at Kilbourne.
“I was taking this test (last year) and smiling, which was really weird,” Woodrow said. “It was something that nobody else thought was fun. I remember going up to people and being like, ‘That test was fun, wasn’t it?’ And they were like, ‘Well.’ I just thought to myself, ‘Whoa, that was weird.’
“I like how math is a black-and-white thing of learning a skill and then being able to use it in a bunch of situations. I enjoy learning math. I don’t think I always liked math, but once I got into high school and had some good teachers, (they) really helped develop that love for math.”
Woodrow is in the final stages of making her decision on college, where she plans to play volleyball.
“Right now, I’m in the commitment process with a school,” she said. “I’m just trying to figure out what’s best for me with volleyball because I want to continue to play. Architecture is a good combination of art and math.”