She’s currently sixth on the school’s all-time scoring list in girls’ basketball with 735 career points, and still holds the single-game scoring record (34 points).
However, it would be in volleyball where Luckhardt found her niche.
“We always had a lot of success in our district and in regionals, my senior year, we won and got to play in a regional final where I’d play against girls’ I’d eventually play the next year in college,” Luckhardt said. “I just remember in high school we weren’t super athletic, but everybody was really smart on the team. We might not be able to slam the ball, but we could place it anywhere and our intelligence off the court led to success on it.”
That it did.
As a dominating front row player and Petoskey’s middle hitter/blocker, Luckhardt finished with 365 career solo blocks and 1,446 career kills.
“She could hit the ball on our opponent’s attack line and when we ran the Back 2 ‘Z’ play, she was absolutely amazing amassing kill after kill,” former Petoskey High School volleyball coach Edie LaVictor said. “She’s been a great team player and a great role model for the younger players in our program. Hard working, commitment, determination and desire all are words to describe her.”
Luckhardt’s hitting percentage was .360 and she had 5.47 kills per game, passed at 85 percent, had 303 digs and served at 91 percent with 60 aces her senior season.
In that senior season, Luckhardt guided the Northmen to a 45-13-9 record, district title and berth in a regional final. She was on the Class B All-Region team, Region All-Area Dream Team, Big North All-Conference first-team and broke a school record with single season kills, 739, and career kills, 1,446. Her career block solos totalled 365, also a school record at the time, while her near 4.0 grade point average saw her earn an All-State Academic Individual award.
“She made time to be in the weight room and also did plyometric training in the gym,” LaVictor said. “She made time to play beach volleyball in the summer along with her other sport obligations. She attended the Petoskey Volleyball Camp. She worked hard in the off-season as well as in season.
“She had great chemistry with our team’s setter, Marie O’Brien, and the two of them were in sync with each other,” LaVictor added. “Erin could hit the quick attack, the slide attack, and the back two attack. She had great teammates who could pass the ball effectively to target, and you know the saying, if you can’t pass, you can’t pound.
“It was a great team.”
LaVictor also recalls blocking drills with Luckhardt, where she’d stand on a chair and hit the ball and Luckhardt would practice her footwork to the left and right, then come to the middle to block her coaches attack.
“The ball would hit me in the face many times,” LaVictor said. “I was glad for that because she was successful and we’d enjoy the workout.”
After graduating in 2002 from Petoskey, Luckhardt attended St. Clair Community College in Port Huron where she joined the volleyball team.
She wasn’t there for long.
“I hated it and quit volleyball halfway through the season,” Luckhardt said. “They (St. Clair) had a great program and a great coach with a lot of connections, but it was just an awful experience for me.”
During her time at St. Clair, Luckhardt would often travel over to Alma to attend her brother’s football games and to also see her now sister-in-law, Kristy (Kanine) Fralick, who before marrying Gavin in 2004 had dated since their sophomore year in high school.
“He (Gavin) said I should just check out the volleyball program,” Luckhardt said. “In high school I really wanted to go to a Division I or Division II school and junior college was a launching pad experience for that, but after that experience I didn’t think I wanted to do that.”
Luckhardt attended a practice, liked what she saw in the team and transferred.
Above and beyond: Petoskey's Erin (Fralick) Luckhardt reached unbelievable heights
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