Peare, a senior setter and hitter at Andover, has made an oral commitment to play at Wichita State. She will redshirt, walk on and then have three years on scholarship. A 2012 All-Metro selection, Peare had 402 assists, 274 kills, 46 aces and 80 stuff blocks.
You’re a setter and a hitter, do you enjoy being able to do both?
“It’s good to be versatile, so if I’m needed somewhere, I can play there. I like being able to be used wherever I’m needed, and I like setting. I like the leadership role, and I like to be helping and in control. When I used to not hit, I always wanted to. My parents used to say I was a setter with a killer instinct. I like to set, but I like to hit, being physical, being aggressive, being able to score.”
You talked about leadership, what makes a good leader?
“I think it’s definitely someone who is always talking and gives positive feedback to their team and doesn’t say anything to lower the confidence of someone else on your team. It’s being loud and talkative, getting them to talk.”
What’s the personality of your team?
“Our team, every single person on our team, we’ve all grown up around each other. There’s not a black sheep on the team. It’s weird how well we all get along.… Our team is very loud, very goofy. They love to have fun, and we get along really well and we have really good chemistry.”
You have three dogs and a horse, can you tell me about them?
“I have a Papillon named Scooter, a Labrador named Angie, then I have a new puppy, who is 10 weeks old. Her name is Mika. I named her that after the Mikasa (volleyball). She’s a German Shepherd/Akita mix and she’s almost 30 pounds. She’s going to be massive.… I have a horse named Lone Bear, he’s a red roan quarter horse. I’ve had him three years.”
Do you spend a lot of time with your animals?
“For the first year and a half that I had Lone Bear, I was out there probably every other day riding him. We swim with him and do backflips off him in the water.… My Labrador, I go running with her all the time. She’s the best dog in the world. She’s one of those dogs who has to be watching and following my sister and I. She’s so protective.”