As is Buffalo Coach Brian Null.
"She has been through a lot this year," Null said. "After getting diagnosed with diabetes and celiac disease, she has had to change her entire diet midstream, through practices and everything. She is still trying to get her conditioning up where it needs to be."
Null knows how important Persinger is to the program.
"To be a four-year starter at libero, without a middle school program, that's amazing," Null said. "After almost every game, the other coach tells me they told their girls not to serve to her. But she just kept getting it anyway.
"That's what she does. We have her cover about half the court by herself. Her job is to go get the ball and she does an excellent job of it. I couldn't be happier with her."
Persinger has been a standout player the last four years for a strong Buffalo program that has made the State Tournament in all but two seasons since Class A was separated into its own classification in the postseason.
"It's awesome to know I have been to the State Tournament every year," Persinger said. "We have great coaches and great girls. We mesh really well and are a great team. I hope we can make it back."