Athlete of the Week – July 3: Kayla Sell

Kayla Sell, Henrico High School’s volleyball captain, has grown up around the sport. Her parents play on teams at the Richmond Volleyball Center, and Sell began playing there herself when she was 10. She played all four years at Henrico while playing on a club team as well.

“I just kind of grew up around the sport,” she said. Sell now also spends her evenings reffing adult league games at the RVC. “The volleyball community in Richmond is a great community. We’re inseparable,” she said.

Sell, who is 6-foot-4, was elected captain of her high school team in 10th grade. She said that one of the highlights of her high school career was watching her team grow in skill during the past four years. She focused on making sure her teammates and coaches understood each other because at Henrico, as compared to a school like Atlee, volleyball is not a sport that many kids have grown up playing. Although Sell began playing when she was 10, many of her teammates were brand new to the sport. As captain, Sell helped teach the fundamentals of the game.

“I like to make sure everyone is on the same page because that’s how we are going to succeed,” she said.

However, what her team lacked in experience, they made up for in athleticism.

“We had a lot of high jumpers who could basically jump over the net,” she said.

As Sell looked back on her time at Henrico, she said that one game against rival Varina is the one that stands out to her. “We were in the Varina gym until 12:30 at night because the game got delayed, and we ended up winning by two points,” she said. “I came out of it with a sprained thumb.”

Sell’s involvement with the Richmond Volleyball Club meant that she knew many of the players on opposing teams during high school matches.

“We’d say good play but be a little mean about it,” she said as she laughed.

Sell will be playing for the University of Rochester next year, but she said she made her decision on where to go to college based on academics rather than athletics. In hopes of attending medical school after college, she will be majoring in chemical engineering and minoring in human biology. Sell said she is constantly changing her mind as to what type of doctor she wants to be, but at the moment she wants to be an anesthesiologist.

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