Feature: Eager for the Season to Start, Captain Pauli King Discusses All Things Volleyball
With this year’s volleyball season just around the corner, I had a chance to sit down with M-A’s only 4-year varsity player, Pauli King. King, now the team’s captain has undergone some struggles, but remains passionate about the sport.
As a freshman, King worried about her play since she was the youngest player on the court.
“I’d be worried about what other players would think,” King says, but as she continued to play, she quickly realized there was no judgment.
King has dealt with injuries throughout her career at M-A but has managed to push through to continue to play. Her freshman year, she sat out for the postseason with a partially torn Achilles tendon, and her junior year, she played the season despite a torn labrum in her dominant shoulder. After surgery to repair her shoulder in December, King was forced to spend the past 9 months (which included her entire club season) on the bench.
“If anything, it has made me more hungry,” King states, remarking that the time spent rehabilitating her shoulder in no way turned her away from volleyball.
As of now, King is committed to the process of applying to Princeton, where she hopes to play for the volleyball team. She has thought about playing abroad for a few years after college but nothing is set in stone. King says she simply wants to “follow it a little bit and see where it goes,” but as of now, she is more concerned with her last year of high school volleyball.
After winning the CCS championship last year, the Bears volleyball team hopes to repeat their successes, going to CCS “and maybe even state.” King says that the program as a whole has developed well over the last few years. While 5 years ago there was one senior volleyball player, the program has now expanded to include a freshman team as well as JV.
With the season finally starting, King is ready to get back onto the court. Since she has not played a game since December of 2012, King believes “it’s going to be pretty surreal to be back on the court,” but overall, she is “very excited” to finally play again.
The Bears open their season with an away game this Thursday against Menlo.