It’s hard to believe there was a time in her life when senior Natalie Hayward wasn’t interested in volleyball. But there was once such a time, and she even thought that it was weird.
The AMHS volleyball program sure is lucky she doesn’t think it’s weird anymore.
Natalie has now played volleyball for almost 7 years. She’s been a member of the Washington Volleyball Academy since she was 11, traveling across the country to play the sport she now loves. “I love the traveling and being able to play against some of the best volleyball players in the country,” she said. Her favorite places to travel for volleyball are Kansas, Kentucky, and Florida.
She has also played varsity volleyball at Archbishop Murphy since her freshman year. After bumping around between numbers, Natalie said she picked 10 freshman year and has stuck with it because “it just felt right.” And it certainly is right: her presence on the team is huge; this past Tuesday she recorded 6 aces, 18 kills, and 3 digs in the Wildcats 3-1 win over Blanchet.
“My goals for this season are to keep our titles from last year, make it back to state, and hopefully get that trophy,” Natalie shared.
Natalie has already committed to play volleyball at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. “I loved the atmosphere,” she said, “and the staff and students were so genuine and welcoming.” The volleyball program at DePaul is currently on the rise, and Natalie is excited to be a part of that over the upcoming 4 years.
See Natalie in action along with the rest of the volleyball team this season as they seek to bring home the state title.