Although her senior season isn’t off to the start she had imagined it would be, Windermere Prep’s Cayman Scaletta still is excited for her final year with the Lakers volleyball team. Scaletta, who plays at setter, was named a team co-captain just before the start of the new season.
When did you first get into volleyball?
I started playing volleyball when I was in seventh grade. I really liked playing for my school, and I knew I wanted to play a lot more volleyball, so then I got into club in seventh grade. I’ve been playing club and school volleyball ever since.
What’s been the biggest that you’ve seen in yourself over the years?
The biggest change I’ve seen is probably learning how to adjust to other people’s needs and learning how everyone else plays and becoming more court aware — adaptability is (also) a big one, thanks to volleyball.
You play both indoor and sand volleyball. Is it tough going from one to the other?
I would say they’re more different than they are the same thing. Setter is not the most useful position for beach volleyball, but it’s very challenging picking up the rest of the court and also learning how — as a setter —to serve/receive, how to attack and tip and all the more offensive things that setting indoors isn’t really focused on. It’s a challenge moving from one to another, but it’s like playing another sport — it’s really fun to get to do both.
What’s your favorite part about playing setter? The most challenging part?
My favorite part about being the setter is you kind of get to lead the team offensively, and your job is to better the passing and make the best pass you can for the hitters. It’s exciting to get to watch them score and know that you assisted that. But that would also go into the most challenging part — you do have to call all of the plays, and the pressure is on you for the hitters to do well. There is major responsibility, which can be a lot of fun, or it can be very challenging.
Is there a highlight for you during your time in volleyball?
The highlight moment for me definitely was when my team won silver bracket at AAUs — that was for club — and that was one of my favorite volleyball moments. We went to a third set, and we had our work cut out for us, but we beat that team and we won silver bracket. … That was AAU Nationals last year.
You were named a co-captain before the season. How does that feel to have that extra title?
Adding on another title is very exciting, and what it means for me this season is me and Natalie (Work) — she is the other co-captain — will lead them on the court and off the court. We do some team bonding, and we try and make sure the team is as close as possible so we have that chemistry not only just on the court but off the court, too.