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Athlete of the Week: King's Academy's Madeline Furtado

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Madeline Furtado will be the first to tell you - she plays hard for the pride of her King's Adademy volleyball family. But the CBS12 Athlete of the Week also plays hard to honor her biological family, and she's making her mother/coach very proud.

"Volleyball never stops," says Furtado. "It's always at home, here, school, club, it never stops."

It's all part of being a Furtado - Madeline is the star of the King's Academy volleyball this season, following in the footsteps of her mother Ashlei Furtado who played for the team in the early to mid 90's. She now just happens to be Madeline's head coach.

"Sometimes when she's coaching me she's get a little like, I'm not going to say she gets hard on me, but she wants me to do a lot."

"For a few years I was very careful about praising her on the court," says Coach Furtado. "I couldn't give her awards just because I felt that it wouldn't be accepted. But this year and last year she's really started to prove herself."

It's now impossible to deny Madeline her accolades, breaking two school records for kills per match this season. Her 492 kills leads the county by a longshot and is already more than she had all last season,

"I am most impressed with the confidence that she's playing with. If I get on her about something I know the next ball she's just going to drill it and we're going to get the kill."

"The standards are obviously set a little higher because she's a Furtado," says King's Academy teammate, Madison Erneston.

"It kind of makes me more passionate to do whatever it is she's telling me to do," says Madeline. "And it always ends up with a good result."

A family within the family that is the King's Academy volleyball team - looking for their first state title in almost 10 years.

"We get along very well on the court, and we all kind of bond really well, which is why I think it works so well."

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