California senior Paige Lamm was a contributor for a successful Lady Pintos volleyball team this season, helping the team to a sectionals appearance against last year's state champion Logan-Rogersville Wildcats.
For her efforts, Lamm was named to the All-State team for volleyball this year. Individually, Lamm had a productive season, recording 50 aces and 44 blocks. When hitting, nearly 50 percent of Lamm's hits were kills, at a rate of 4.29 kills per set on the season.
Lamm said she was really excited when she found out she was named to the All-State team.
"I felt super honored to receive such a big award," Lamm said. "I feel really honored because there are so many great volleyball players on my team alone and in Missouri, so it is just crazy that I was picked to be one of those few. It could be anyone on our team, we just have such good players so for them to pick me is just a real big honor."
Going into her senior season, Lamm said she wanted to make it really memorable and fun.
"It was probably the best senior year I could have asked for," Lamm said.
Lamm said her volleyball career started in middle school, a later start than many of her friends. She said her peers started playing earlier on in middle school or even during elementary school, as compared to Lamm's start around seventh grade.
Starting volleyball a little bit later than her temmates, Lamm said she had a ways to go and a lot of growing to do to arrive at her current skill level.
"In seventh grade when I was first starting, I was just learning how to hit the ball and all the other girls around me were just killing the ball," Lamm said.
When it comes to the sport, Lamm said she loves playing with her teammates and it is a lot of fun.
"I just get such a good feeling from playing," Lamm said.
Paige said she does want to play volleyball in the future, but she is undecided as to where she wants to play after high school. Hopefully, Lamm said, she'll have figured out an answer to that question soon.
Volleyball and sports have taught Lamm important life lessons.
"One of the biggest lessons I have learned with volleyball and sports in general is that it is okay not to be perfect," Lamm said. "Learn from your mistakes and it is okay to learn and grow from them."