CLACKAMAS, Ore. (KOIN) – Kylie Ristvedt has been one of the starters on the Cleveland High School varsity volleyball team ever since her freshman year.
“I lead by example and they look at me for tips and help,” Ristvedt, a junior outside hitter, said. “And so keeping it upbeat really brings the spirit up, and getting the energy really helps our team so that’s one example I try to set [for the rest of the team].”
Cleveland head volleyball coach Mekeala Hemming describes Ristvedt as the silent leader of the team.
“She really isn’t as vocal as some of the other people but – my goodness – she leads through example,” said Hemming. “She comes to practice every day [and] she works very hard.”
“Not only is she like an amazing player [but] she helps everybody around her get better,” Carlin MacMillan, Cleveland’s senior captain, said. “She has probably – if not the most – one of the most positive attitudes on the team. She’s always there to pat you on the back. She’s always there to tell you, ‘Great job.’ She’s never one to bring you down.”
Our Athlete of The Week still remembers a scary moment during Cleveland’s match against Benson last season.
“It was an ankle sprain [that took me out of that match]. [It was actually my] first ankle sprain so it was pretty bad,” said Ristvedt. “But I went up for a block [and] came down and just landed on it wrong. And it like bent outward and I heard like a pop, and I just fell to the ground. It was mainly more surprising than it was painful. So that kind of like scared me, because I wasn’t sure if that was the end of my volleyball career. I was like, ‘It could have been worse than a sprain.’ But luckily it was not that bad.”
Ristvedt, who’s sister Ella plays on Cleveland’s varsity volleyball team, talked about the challenges of trying to make another playoff run next year.
“When I’m a senior next year, we’re losing both Carlin and Marci [Roberti] [who] are two of our best setters. Next year is going to be tougher, but will see how that goes.”
“She’s [Kylie] what Cleveland athletics is all about,” Hemming said with a smile.