Athlete of the week: Mackenzie Nichols


Sophia Gray

Jumping to set the ball, senior Mackenzie Nichols hits the ball over the net. Nichols started playing volleyball in 6th grade and is now on the varsity volleyball team.

Samantha Macuare, Editor-in-chief

Q: “How did you get started playing your sport? How long have you been playing?”  

A: “I’ve been playing volleyball since 3rd grade. I started playing it as a club sport in 6th grade. I’ve always been told I should be a volleyball player because I was really tall growing up, but once I tried it, I really enjoyed it and never wanted to stop!”  


Q: “What is your favorite part/aspect of the sport?”  

A: “My favorite part of the sport is the friends I’ve made. Having a close group of girls, you get to see every day after school has always been so fun.”  


Q: “How has the sport shaped you into who you are today?”  

A: “Volleyball has made me a more confident person. Growing up, I was very soft-spoken, but volleyball allowed me to find my voice and grow as a leader.”  


Q: “What is the most important thing you’ve learned from playing the sport?”  

A: “I learned how to work as a team and how to communicate well.”  


Q: “What is one of your favorite memories from playing the sport?”  

A: “One of my favorite memories is my sophomore year when the Plant volleyball team went to Arizona for the Nike Tournament of Champions. We did a lot of sightseeing and played some really good teams.”  


Q: “How far do you want to take the sport?”   

A: “I definitely want to continue volleyball in college as a club sport but only as a hobby and not for a scholarship or profession.”  


Q: “Who is your inspiration? Is it a coach, teammate, professional athlete?”  

A: “I’m very inspired by my friend and teammate Lily Frierson. She comes to practice every day and gives it her all; she’s also very hardworking at school. She shows me that my hard work can pay off.”  


Q: “What are you most excited about this season?”  

A: “I’m really excited for the senior night because I’ve helped to set up senior night for three years now, and it’s very exciting for this year to finally be my turn!”