In this edition of Reed Between the Lines: Grafton Lady Bearcats Volleyball and Basketball Player Hailey Skiles
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
When and why did you start playing each sport?
I started playing basketball in kindergarten because I thought it would be something fun to try out and after that I fell in love with it. I started playing volleyball in 7th grade when a couple of my friends told me I should give it a try and I have stuck with it ever since.
What would you tell an aspiring player who is nervous about trying out?
That it is normal to be nervous and they should just go out and give it their all because at the end of the day that’s what really matters.
What is your favorite movie about sports?
4 Minute Mile.
Who is the best athlete you’ve ever played against?
I have played against a lot of great athletes so I don’t think I could name just one.
What is the most bizarre question you have ever been asked by someone about either sport?
Someone is always asking me how I serve so hard.
What is one rule change that you’d most like to see happen in sports?
The amount of quarters or sets one person can play.
What are your best and worst memories in athletics?
My best memories are all the laughs and the feeling we get when we win. The worst feeling is losing a game knowing that I could’ve done better.
If you could be a successful professional athlete in any other sport, what would you choose and why?
Lacrosse without a doubt because I have always wanted to play lacrosse but we have never had a team to actually try it.
What one word or phrase do you think describes you?
Give me one word or phrase to describe your current head volleyball coach, Mary Kay Scherzinger.
Give me one word or phrase to describe your current head basketball coach, Andrew Moore.
You get to spend the day with anyone (past or present), who do you choose and why?
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Probably in vet school.
What do you think you do well as a player?
What do you think you need to work on as a player?
My confidence level.
Where is your favorite away venue to play a sport?
Probably Philip-Barbour because it is always an aggressive game.
What is the toughest position to play on the volleyball court and why?
The setter because you must be able to get the second hit most of the time and be able to set your hitters up for a good hit.
What is the toughest position to play on the basketball court and why?
A post player because there are a lot of strong girls and you have to be able to hold your own.
What did you think of these questions?
They are complicated.
*Each week the Mountain Statesman features a coach, player or personality from Taylor County. We hope you enjoy the chance to learn a little bit more about them.