Reed Between the Lines with GHS Athlete Kylie Hess

In this edition of Reed Between the Lines: Grafton Lady Bearcats Volleyball Player Kylie Hess 


Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am currently in the program at the United Technical Center to pursue a career in the Cosmetology industry. And I’m supported by my family members to do the best that I can do. 

When and why did you start playing volleyball? 

I started playing volleyball when I was in the sixth grade. I have been playing volleyball for eight years. I started playing volleyball due to my cousin playing it in high school. I watched her play during her games and that’s how I took interest in it. She has taught me everything that I know about volleyball. 

What would you tell an aspiring player who is nervous about trying out? 

That you must go in with confidence and never let anyone say that you’re not going to make it on the team because you never know until you try! 

What is your favorite movie about sports? 

The Blindside. 

Who is the best athlete you’ve ever played against? 

Probably Kelsi Hudson. 

What is the most bizarre question you have ever been asked by someone about volleyball? 

“Do you guys have certain positions to play on the court?” 

What is one rule change that you’d most like to see happen in sports? 

Students should get into the games for free. 

What are your best and worst memories in athletics? 

The best memories are when you win a game as a team and you know all your teammates worked hard for it. The worst memories are when you are losing all your good friends that you have grown to love just like a family when it’s your senior year. 

If you could be a successful professional athlete in any other sport, what would you choose and why? 

I would have to choose softball. The feeling of hitting a home run when all the bases are full would be a huge deal for me personally. 

What one word or phrase do you think describes you? 

It would have to be confident. 

Give me one word or phrase to describe your current head volleyball coach, Mary Kay Scherzinger. 


Who is the best singer on the team? 

Anesia Taylor. 

You get to spend the day with anyone (past or present), who do you choose and why? 

I would choose Ian Somerhalder. He is my favorite actor and is very a realistic and caring figure. 

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? 

Owning my own hair salon with my mother. 

What do you think you do well as a player? 

Cheering on others when they are down. 

What do you think you need to work on as a player? 

Communicating with other players, rather than just certain people. 

Where is your favorite away venue to play and why? 

Preston, they are kind and not stuck-up players. 

What is the toughest position to play on the volleyball court and why

DS, the reason being is that you are the main person to get that first receiving ball and your goal is to get it to the setter. Without that position it would be very complicated to earn a point.

What did you think of these questions? 

I enjoyed thinking about all the questions and the best part was responding to them! 

*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. 


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