Taylor Head, an eighth grade student at Bridgewater Middle School, is an outside hitter for the girls volleyball team, which has gone undefeated during the regular season. Head has been a captain on the team since her sixth grade year.
Tell me how the team put together an undefeated regular season.
We couldn’t get there without coach (Layla) West. She’s great. We work really hard; we come here every morning.
What’s your goal in the playoffs?
Well, of course, I want to win — but I just want everyone to work hard and have fun.
What do you like about playing outside hitter?
I love hitting. I don’t know why, but I just do. I feel like I’m just zoned out — I don’t know anything else is going on, it’s just in the game.
What’s your favorite part about the game of volleyball?
I love how fast the game is. It’s boom boom boom. I love it. I also like playing as a team; six players. I like contributing.
How did you get into playing volleyball?
I started at (age) 8. I tried every other sport, and I finally picked one I loved.
How do you balance volleyball with school?
I come 7 a.m. here, and then I have school, and then I usually do my homework in the car or when I get back late. So, I just try my best.
What’s one thing about you that most people don’t know?
I can draw. I like to draw sunsets, like the sky and scenery.
What good movies have you seen lately?
“Mockingjay Part 2.” I liked that movie. I like the action.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
The Virgin Islands. I just love the beach, and I like being in the sun.
Do you play any sports aside from volleyball?
I used to until my volleyball got more complex. I used to play basketball and I used to play soccer. (Because) it’s just so busy I can’t, so I focus on volleyball.
What’s your favorite sport to support at school other than volleyball?
Track. I always want them to do (well). I like how they push to the finish line and they try their best to do whatever they can do.
What’s next for you in high school as a volleyball player?
I play outside of school too, but I’m going to play high school (volleyball). West Orange.
What teams do you play on outside of school volleyball?
I play for a club named — it just combined — OVA/TBVA. But there’s a lot of stuff going over there (club volleyball), but there’s a lot of stuff coming over here (school volleyball). So I go back and forth a lot of the times. So I’m kind of busy. Volleyball in the morning, volleyball in the afternoon.