There was royalty playing on the Arapahoe girls volleyball team this season. Julia Pauls, a 5-foot-9 senior middle blocker, used some of her time off the court to be a princess as part of the …
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There was royalty playing on the Arapahoe girls volleyball team this season.
Julia Pauls, a 5-foot-9 senior middle blocker, used some of her time off the court to be a princess as part of the school's homecoming royalty.
“That made me feel good,” said Pauls. “I wasn't expecting it at all. It was an honor to be nominated and to win.”
After being nominated by her classmates to be part of the royalty for homecoming, she has been busy acting like a princess on the volleyball court by playing with responsibility, courage and intelligence.
“I started playing in third grade because it was an open sport at the YMCA, and when I started playing I loved it and just kept going,” said Pauls who plays tennis “for fun” on the Arapahoe team in the spring. “I played at my middle school and at Arapahoe.
“I love the team aspect of the sport. Being with this group of girls is like my family during the season. I love the sense of community. It is a tough sport because there are a lot of aspects that maybe people don't see. Like for blocking, if you are just watching you don't see how difficult it is to get that block. Volleyball is a lot more difficult than it seems and that's what I like about it. It is challenging.”
In 17 matches Pauls has 58 kills, 17 total blocks and 12 digs.
“She played last year and this will be her second letter.”
Arapahoe volleyball coach
Q&A with Pauls
What or who motivates you most to excel in sports?
My parents. They just taught me that for anything I wanted to do, just to work at it with my whole heart. So for volleyball, I just put all my energy into it.
What would be a perfect performance in your sport?
I don't think there ever is a perfect performance. I feel like you always could have done something more. I just do my best and I don't think you ever have a perfect performance.
What is your favorite class in school and why?
Probably my electives, my fun classes.
What do you like to do away from sports and school?
I love to have time with my friends and family. I just love being with people. I'm a people person.
What are your plans after high school?
I am going to go to some college in California, like Loyola or Point Loma which I am looking at, just a small Christian school.
Volleyball is a game of momentum. How does a team maintain momentum?
It is very important to keep it but also to control it. Sometimes when you are on a big roll it can kind of get frantic and there is a lot of energy but it is important to stay calm. If you a playing a team that has momentum, it is important to do everything you can to get a point back and break the other team's momentum.
How important is a serve in volleyball?
The serve is the only thing you can personally control because if you are hitting that kind of depends on the pass, the set and everything else. If you are serving, it is all you. It's important because we automatically lose a point if you can't serve.
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