Michael Fisher: Hawaii Baptist Academy's soaring eagle
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
At 6 feet 7 inches tall, Michael Fisher is used to being above the competition.
The 17-year-old outside hitter has been the cornerstone of a Hawaii Baptist Academy squad that's claimed three straight championships and went undefeated in the 2013 season.
But he treats compliments like volleyballs-- knocks them down swiftly, then shares the glory with his teammates.
"We don't take for granted anything," said Fisher, who is one of 12 athletes recently inducted into the Hawaii High School Athletics Association Hall of Honor. "We just try to get that much better and just try to dominate each time we play. Coming into this senior year, I really wanted to kind of go off with a good note and do as much as a team."
Fisher's team-first mentality is something his coach, Teoni Obrey, says has stuck with him over the years, even from the first time he met him in middle school.
"The greatest asset is his leadership qualities," Obrey said. "Just his ability to lead the kids, have them all believe in the same thing and also he works hard. When your best player is working the hardest and is the most humble on the team, it's really easy to be successful."
Another witness to Fisher's growth is his younger brother, Caleb, who played side-by-side with Michael after making the varsity squad as a freshman.
"It was fun," said the younger Fisher. "I mean, it was a little difficult at times because brothers play on the same team, but he was just really helpful and gave me a lot of one on one pointers about what I can do in a game situation."
Fisher has helped mold the division II Golden Eagles into a powerhouse. Now the UCLA-bound player is trading in one winning culture for another and hoping to add to the Bruins' NCAA-record 19 national championships.
"I'm real excited for the opportunity," Fisher said. "I get to play with the best players in the nation and we have the best coach in the nation. John Sprague just got named the men's Olympic head coach for the next quad. So all the pieces are falling in place for a real good four years at UCLA."