Shining Star: Lakeside's Kayley Watkins

NINE MILE FALLS, Wash. - Kayley Watkins was one of the most dominant hitters in the state this past season.  So dominant, that she even put up 24 kills in one match.

"Going for a kill is a great feeling - I love it," says Watkins.  "It's just going up to smash the ball down is a great feeling."

"She has grown so much as a volleyball player," says Lakeside volleyball coach Kara Moffatt.  "It's just amazing, she just has a shot that's really hard to defend against and she just puts it down."

Shining Star: Lakeside's Kayley Watkins

Something that's happened time and time again, as the Eagles captured a district and regional title, with Kayley setting the tone.

"As a senior, I definitely wanted to be a leader on the court, I wanted obviously to do our very best that we could, and I knew we had a ton of potential this year," says Watkins.

"She's quiet, but when we needed her about mid-season to become more vocal on the floor, she went to that next level.  When she talks, people listen to her," adds Moffatt.

Playing at the next level is also on Kayley's horizon, as she hopes to continue balancing the books and the kills next fall.
"It's pretty hard sometimes, a lot of late nights, but I guess just school work comes first and then practice," says Watkins.

A balance that transitioned onto the court and led Lakeside to its best finish in six years.