Varsity Kansas

Getting to know Sadie Clark


Collegiate volleyball

Clark, a senior, has been a key reason in Collegiate becoming a contender in Class 3A. An All-Metro hitter in 2008, she has helped Collegiate win 26 matches, 17 better than in 2007. This season, she has 296 kills, and helped the Spartans win their first league volleyball title, going 15-1 in the MCAA. They are 32-1 and the No. 1 seed in Saturday's sub-state at Garden Plain.

You have committed to Arkansas State to play volleyball. How did that come about?

" (Coach) Justin Ingram had been the assistant coach at Kansas State and he had recruited (sister Destiny). He got the head coaching job at Arkansas State and he came to recruit (Cheney's) Courtney Traxson at a tournament. I played well in that tournament.... I visited there and I loved the campus and I loved his coaching style."

You also play basketball — Collegiate is a favorite to win the 3A title this year — so which is your favorite sport?

"I have always liked volleyball better. It's something I did with Destiny all the time. I always felt more confident in that sport. I still love basketball. This is definitely my last chance to ever play basketball."

Your family has quite a sports connection — your dad, Steve, played football at Kansas State and in the NFL, your brother Zac is playing football at Oregon and Destiny played volleyball at Arkansas. Have you always played sports?

"I played soccer and softball and volleyball and basketball. My first sport, I think it was soccer.... I can remember when I was 3 and my brother and sister were already in sports, and I was tagging along and going to their events, wanting to play with them."

You also have a younger brother, Trace, at Collegiate — how competitive is your family?

"I am very competitive. When everybody gets here, we play games of Monopoly and they turn into ... whoever wins has bragging rights forever. I don't think I've ever won one, though. My mom (Patty) usually sits out. She's competitive; I just don't think she likes it when we get crazy."

Zac and Destiny both chose careers in kinesiology, how about you?

"I'm pretty sure I'm going into journalism. I'm not sure what type of field I want to do, but I really like to write."