Where are they now? Former Owl focused on tennis, volleyball



Name: Kelsey Black

Age: 23

Hometown: Seymour

Current residence: Fort Wayne

Family: Parents, Joe and Cheryl Black; brother, Doug Hatfield; sister, Ashley Barth

High school: Seymour, 2009

Sports: Volleyball, three years; tennis, four years

Athletics accomplishments: In tennis, co-most valuable player sophomore, junior and senior years, playing in the doubles regional finals with Lauren Brown as a sophomore

College: Indiana University in Bloomington (currently a medical student at Indiana University School of Medicine in Fort Wayne)

Sport in college: IU women’s club volleyball

Major: Human biology

What drew you to sports?

"I was involved in sports since I was little — swimming, basketball, gymnastics, soccer, softball, you name it. Sports were something that was always a part of my life growing up. My brother played soccer in high school, and my sister played sports, as well, so I spent a lot of time watching them. As I got older, I had to make a decision on which sports to really put my time into, so I chose tennis and volleyball because they were the ones I truly enjoyed. A large percentage of my friends were also involved in the same sports."

What is your favorite memory of high school sports?

"It’s going to sound weird, but my favorite memories of high school sports were the summer workouts. While it was a lot of hard work and time-consuming, it was a lot of fun. When I think back on my time in high school sports, those are the memories I am most fond of."

What was your biggest accomplishment?

"My biggest accomplishment to me was making it to the doubles regional finals. We were beat by the girls who won state that year, so we were pretty happy. It was such a rewarding experience because it was a direct correlation of all of the time and effort we had spent during the whole season. It also gave me something to strive for every year. Having that success my sophomore year made me work that much harder to get better."

Why did you choose to do a sport in college?

"Being a pre-med student requires a lot of hours studying and being involved in academics. Playing volleyball gave me an escape from the stress of that. It also was a way for me to meet girls who shared my same interests. I always loved playing volleyball, and this allowed me to play totally for the fun of it."

What did you get out of that experience?

"I mostly got friends out of it. Since it was only a club sport, there was an opportunity for me to have fun with people without the pressure."

Are you still involved in sports today?

"A few of my classmates and I play wallyball a few times a month. I’m also a part of the med school’s intramural soccer team."

How did sports affect your life?

"Sports are where I found my best friends and have a lot of my best memories. Playing doubles in tennis was extremely benefiting to me because it pushed me to learn how to communicate with another person in a stressful and rapidly changing environment."

What would you say to encourage kids to get involved in sports?

"Find what you love and stick to it. Don’t let people discourage you from being involved with what you love. That includes peers, family and even coaches. You don’t have to be the all-star to enjoy spending time in sports. It’s a passion that can stay with you your whole life and you can enjoy your whole life."

Do you have any hobbies?

"Running, volunteering and a whole lot of schoolwork."

Do you have favorite sports teams?

"NCAA, Indiana Hoosiers big time. NFL, Colts. NBA, Pacers."

Do you have a favorite athlete?

"I adored Mia Hamm growing up because she was the picture of a female athlete in my mind. Now, I love Victor Oladipo both because he was a Hoosier and because he has such a positive attitude, outlook and work ethic. His attitude is infectious even through the TV."

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