Braden River High sophomore Siena Kelley finished with 14 kills, 10 digs and four aces in two games to help lead the Lady Pirates to a 3-0 victory over Palmetto Oct. 9. Two days later, the 15-year-old outside hitter led Braden River to a 3-0 victory over Charlotte, finishing with 15 kills, 20 digs and three aces in the Lady Pirates’ final district game of the season.
Why do you think you’ve seen so much success this season at such a young age?
I really think being on varsity as a freshman last year helped a lot. I gained a lot of knowledge and learned a lot.
What do you enjoy the most about volleyball?
At the end of the night, (that feeling) you have after a win and playing with the team. I enjoy the bonding with the girls and all of the similarities.
What’s your fondest volleyball moment?
Being able to play on varsity and during club season, being a captain. They made me step up my motivation to get better.
Do you know what you want to be when you grow up?
I want to be in the medical field. I would also like to try going far in volleyball — maybe in beach as a professional or to the Olympics.
Do you prefer indoor or beach volleyball?
I like both. I like playing with the team for indoor volleyball. Beach is really different. I like how tired and accomplished you feel at the end.
Do you have any siblings?
I have a younger brother Jack, who is 12 years old.
Do you have a favorite TV show?
“X Factor.” I really enjoy singing. I do chorus here.
If you could go anywhere on vacation, where would it be?
Hawaii. I like the beach and paddleboarding. I think that would be fun.
Do you have a favorite subject?
I like science. I’m in biology this year, and I’m going to (take) marine biology next year.
What’s your favorite iPhone app?
The beach volleyball app. It’s a game where you get to play. You get to jump and spike the ball.
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