FOX LAKE – This week, Lake County Journal sports contributor Tim Sieck sat down with Grant’s Kate Kiser. Kiser just completed her junior year on the volleyball team and also plays travel softball. We find out the coaches who have impacted her the most, her plans for college, and more.
Sieck: When did you realize you were a good athlete?
Kiser: I did not really realize that I was a good athlete but realized that I loved playing ball and had a lot of passion and drive to play softball and volleyball. I loved the competition of it, to do my best, to improve each practice or each game, to be a member of a team, to learn from my coach.
Sieck: What has been your best team moment in high school sports?
Kiser: Last year’s Senior Night the Grant Bulldogs volleyball team defeated Vernon Hills. Our team played with the same goal in mind, to win it for our seniors. It seemed that we gained more and more energy with each point we scored. Not only was it a good match, but it was a great win for the Lady Bulldogs and our seniors.
Sieck: Which coaches have had the biggest impact on your athletic career? How did they help you?
Kiser: Coach Ken Krause, softball coach and private hitting and pitching coach. Coach Ken’s coaching philosophy always made so much sense to me. He and I were a natural coach/athlete fit. He believed in players making mistakes and then learning how to correct them. Coach Sue Thompson, varsity coach at Grant Community High School. Coach Thompson really cares about her players. She has provided our team with so many team bonding opportunities. She understands what it takes to become a team and what makes a team function at its highest potential.
Coach Thompson encourages me and believes in me. She makes me laugh!
Sieck: What pregame rituals do you have?
Kiser: I do a lot of visualization, visualize different sets, different plays, visualize serving my zones. I set goals for myself for each match. I chat with my teammates to stay relaxed.
Sieck: If you had to play another sport in high school, what would it be and why?
Kiser: Softball. I would love to play high school softball, but it is at the same time as club volleyball
Sieck: What are your post-high school plans?
Kiser: I plan to attend college and study pre-med and then attend med school. I plan to become a pediatric craniofacial surgeon.
Sieck: What is the best thing about playing for Grant?
Kiser: By far the very best thing about playing for Grant is my teammates. I love them. We are like a family. We spend so much time together and have become so close. We can count on each other. I would do anything for any of them. This year we graduate nine seniors. It will be hard and I will miss them so bad. That’s what I love about sports in general, being a teammate has taught me so much about life and given me so many life lessons and skills. I would not trade it for the world.
Sieck: What do you enjoy doing away from sports?
Kiser: Outside of practice and matches, I like to read, bike ride, hang with friends, play piano, swim and spend time with my dog.