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Athlete Spotlight: setter Karsyn Near

Karsyn Near

Freshman Karsyn Near is the starting setter for the LCC volleyball team.  Photo by Kaitlyn Delaney

Kaitlyn Delaney

The Lookout Photo Editor Kaitlyn Delaney recently talked with LCC volleyball setter Karsyn Near. Currently a freshman at LCC, Near graduated from St. Johns High School.

When did you start playing volleyball?
“I would say probably third grade with a team my mom coached.”

What is your favorite thing about volleyball?
“Definitely my teammates, and the environment it creates. It’s very fun and exciting, and it always gives me something to look forward to. And then the bond I create with my teammates, it’s incomparable.”

Do you have any moments from playing volleyball that stand out?
“Definitely in high school, some of the best moments were when we won our conference. And this year, I guess I could say, the team bonding we’ve done. We went to one of our teammate’s house. We all just went to the MSU-Nebraska (volleyball) game.”

Do you have any personal or team goals for the rest of the season?
“Our team goal is definitely to win conference. We want to make it to nationals as a whole, so then we have to win districts. And (my) personal goal is honestly to give it my all."

Do you have any game-day routines?
“When we first step on to the court, I always make sure I high five Ellie Robinson last. I’ve done it every single game this year, I don’t know why, but I make sure I do that. And then I have to wear my hair in a braid. It doesn’t matter what type of braid; it just has to be in a braid.”

If you weren’t a volleyball player, what sport would you have played?
“Well, when I was little, I did gymnastics. But I don’t think I would have stuck with it. Probably basketball, because I did that in middle school, but I quit to play volleyball.”

What are your plans after LCC?
“After my two years, I’m going to stay and do another two. And then hopefully get a job at a hospital working as a nurse, or in the pediatric level as a nurse.”

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