If a sport involves a net, chances are Alexandria’s Kaitlin Harvey plays it.
She defends the back line for the Valley Cubs’ reigning 5A state champion volleyball team. She also shoots through the net in basketball season.
Harvey also likes to water ski, has a black belt in Karate and just might fill your prescription one day.
For now, the senior is trying to help Alexandria defend its state volleyball title. She took a few minutes to sit down with Star Sports Writer Joe Medley to field 10 questions:
Question: What memories stand out about that championship run of last year?
Answer: I really remember the last point (against Lawrence County) the most. I had the last pass. It was a free ball, and I had the last pass. Gracie (Muncher) set it, and she set it to Aubrey Pope, and Aubrey tipped it, and that was best feeling ever.
Q: How is this year’s team looking?
A: It’s a different team this year. We’re going to have to rely on different factors this year than we did last year. Last year, we had a lot of big arms, and we had pretty good defense. This year, we’re going to have to rely on serving and defense.
Q: What’s the expectation for this team?
A: We still have the same expectation going into every game. Give it your all and just know that you played your best.
Q: Hitters get much of the attention in volleyball. What’s it like, playing on the back line?
A: I just really like being able to read a hitter, and it’s very exciting to get a dig.
Q: What’s something you wish you had more time for?
A: I like going to the river and water skiing. I just learned this summer. My mom water skied when she was younger, and I just really like it now.
Q: No matter how old you get, what’s something you don’t think you’ll ever grow out of?
A: Drinking chocolate milk. I don’t like the already-made chocolate milk. It has to be milk and chocolate syrup stirred up.
Q: If you could choose any topic for a research paper, what would you choose?
A: Probably research on pharmacy. I want to go into pharmaceutical science. I’ve just always wanted to be in the medical field, but I do not like needles or blood or gore. My mom (Pam) is a nurse, and my sister (Megan) is in college to be a nurse.
Q: Do you have any superstitions for sports, anything that you just have to do?
A: Before volleyball, I always get my hair braided by a certain person (teammate Kyleigh Rhodes). Ever since I wore my hair braided for a volleyball game, she’s braided it, so I get her to braid it.
Q: What’s something about you that few people know?
A: I have a black belt in Karate. Somebody who worked with my mom said he did it. I played softball when I was younger, but that was it, so I just got into it.
Q: Why do you wear jersey No. 5 (volleyball and basketball)?
A: My favorite number was No. 3, but we didn’t have that in the volleyball jerseys. Tori Rae Stillwell, when she left, she said she wanted me to have her number, so I have it.