The junior lived up to the hype midway through the season when the Wildcats were in the middle of a slump. Springer and Jordan Briskey brought the team together for several meetings, which ultimately turned the season around and led to Saks winning the Class 3A, Area 10 regular season and tournament.
“We started off struggling, but we came together as team after we had a few meetings. We decided to stop playing for ourselves and play as a team,” Springer said. “We were in a losing slump, but we came out and won six in a row, lost one and then won area.”
Springer is The Anniston Star’s Class 3A All-County Player of the Year after she recorded a team-leading 526 digs and 63 aces in 38 games, leading the Wildcats to the North Super Regional in Huntsville.
“She’s just a natural leader no matter what she’s playing,” Law, a former softball coach, said. “She’s been the starting shortstop on the softball team and was sort of our quarterback, I guess you’d say. It was the same thing in softball. I knew she was that way.”
Springer said her passion for the sport is what creates the drive to be a leader. While Briskey stood out as the offensive star, Springer said she prefers defense over offense. She said covering the whole backside of the court is the best part of her game.
“We lost six seniors, four of them being starters, last year. Tiffany and Jordan Briskey were the only two returning starters we had,” Law said. “With Tiffany, having that year of experience that helped her be a leader. She’s just a natural leader as well. When times got tough and we needed someone to step up, she did, and there’s a reason for that. We’d win if Tiffany played well.”
Springer didn’t feel any pressure because she’s been in a leadership role before, including starting as a freshman on the Class 3A state championship softball team. She said that she and Briskey didn’t need any transitioning to fit the leadership roles.
“I would say we kind of fit right into the roles. We’re both passionate about the sport,” Springer said. “We needed others to step up and play with it, so we felt like we needed to get others to step up with it.”
Brandon Miller covers prep sports for The Star. He can be reached at 256-235-3575 or follow him on Twitter @bmiller_star