Senior Macy Sauls is one of six seniors on the Eastern Wayne volleyball team, and during her time on the volleyball team, the Warriors have bonded into a family on and off the court.
Sauls, who started playing volleyball when she was a freshman in high school, understood that as a senior this season, she had to elevate her play to help the Warriors maintain their family-like atmosphere.
She admitted her mother got her into playing volleyball, but Sauls quickly grew to love the sport.
“Volleyball is my life,” Sauls said. “I actually started playing my freshman year, but then I got into travel volleyball. My mom got me into volleyball, but I really pushed club, and after I convinced them, it just went up from there.”
Thanks in part to Sauls’ leadership, the Warriors have become a cohesive unit and are looking forward to a successful season.
Sauls, this week’s Female Athlete of the Week, is a two-year starter on the volleyball team. The Warriors are 0-2 this season, but Sauls said she is happy to just be on the court playing the sport she loves, despite all the changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
” I’m just glad the team is together. I don’t really care about the wins as much as the teamwork and unity,” Sauls said.
Sauls, who also plays softball, worked her way onto the varsity roster. She initially started on the Warriors junior varsity squad before joining the varsity ranks during her junior season.
And Sauls said she was delighted to have had her hard work pay off. She added that the secret to her development was a gradual improvement in various facets of the game.
“My essay for college was how volleyball helped me become the person that I am today,” Sauls said. “It’s helped my confidence because I’ve always been taller than everybody, and when I started playing volleyball, I felt like that I actually had a place.
Sauls, who wants to attend North Carolina State University, is unsure about her major but knows she wants to play volleyball in college.
Whether it was spiking down a volleyball for a kill or jumping up for a block, Sauls made a positive impact on the Eastern Wayne volleyball program during her high school career.