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The Bethlehem Press selected Brianne Giangiobbe as its female athlete of the year. The Bethlehem Press selected Brianne Giangiobbe as its female athlete of the year.

Giangiobbe proved there's never a doubt

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 by PETER CAR pcartnonline.com in Sports

Brianne Giangiobbe doesn't like it when people doubt her.

They've been doing it for years in regards to her volleyball acumen.

Despite being an all-state volleyball member for two straight years, as well as claiming first-team LVC honors and District 11 all-star status her senior year at Freedom, Giangiobbe may have still had her doubters.

But if there's one thing that Giangiobbe thrives on, it's doubt.

But if there was one thing that we couldn't doubt this year, it's that Giangiobbe is Freedom's female athlete of the year for the Bethlehem Press.

The Lafayette bound outside hitter was the rock for the Patriots the past two years and was one of the top volleyball players in the region.

On top of that, she was Freedom's most valuable female track athlete as well, taking third at leagues in the 200 and was apart of a third place 4 X 100 team at districts.

It's all part of the makeup of Giangiobbe's body of work of never giving up as her motivation.

"People always said that I was too small for volleyball," said Giangiobbe, who stands at 5-foot-8. "I went to Philadelphia four times a week for the past couple years to work harder at volleyball and it paid off.

"I never tried to pay too much attention to what people would say. I just focused on playing the game I love and that's what makes everything so gratifying. I get to keep playing a sport I love in college."

Giangiobbe also used her older brother Joseph as a form of inspiration to achieve the dream of playing collegiate athletics.

Joseph is a junior on Lebanon Valley's basketball team and Giangiobbe hoped that she could one day emulate her older sibling in the collegiate athletic realm.

"I set a goal for myself to be like my brother and play college athletics," Giangiobbe said. "He pushed me to be a better athlete and person and he's one of the people that I look up to the most in my life.

"We always practiced together growing up and he always told me that I could anything I wanted. I wanted to do well on the court for him."

She paced Freedom's district quarterfinal run this year by amassing 365 kills, 45 aces, 59 blocks, 76 digs and 250 assists last season.

Over her three years on the varsity team at Freedom, Giangiobbe has amassed 993 career kills. Not bad for someone that was presumed to be too short on the court, as she spent the majority of last season as a middle hitter and setter.

And despite losing to Whitehall in five games in districts, Giangiobbe took her final high school volleyball match as the greatest moment of her senior year.

"Even though we lost, it was great to see everyone come together the way we did," Giangiobbe said. "It was amazing to see how we all played hard and played the best game of the season."

She'll miss her track memories as well, but as she moves onto Lafayette's pastures, Giangiobbe has proved her doubters wrong.

"I don't worry about them anymore," she said. "I've accomplished my goals and now I just want to keep getting better at the next level."