Walking inside after a long day of school, senior Ella Spaethling, unlike her fellow classmates, is just beginning to start her day. She packs her dinner, changes into her volleyball gear and drives an hour and a half to the South Bay. After practicing for two and a half hours, she drives home. At about 9:30 p.m., she finally walks inside ready to start homework and wind down, hoping to go to bed at a decent hour.
Although this may sound strenuous, Spaethling uses her commitment and work ethic to her advantage. A three-year varsity player, Spaethling is a key asset to the girls’ varsity volleyball team. If being a captain, honorable mention in MCALs as a junior and being featured in the Marin Independent Journal as Prep of the Week isn’t impressive enough, she is already committed to play Division I volleyball at San Diego State University in the fall of 2019.