This week's Auburn Villager Athlete of the Week is Auburn High's Karston Schutt, a senior on the Tigers' volleyball team.
Auburn Villager: How did you get your start playing volleyball?
Karston Schutt: I started in the seventh grade, but I started on varsity in the 10th grade.
AV: What got you into playing?
KS: I played rec ball a lot. Coach Cooper started that ... so me and my sister both got involved.
AV: What position do you play?
KS: I'm a setter. A lot of people rely on you, so if they got a great pass up and then I do badly then the point is on me. I'm a stepping stone for someone else to get a kill.
AV: How much work did it take to get good at setting the perfect ball?
KS: A lot. Still not very good at it, but it's fine.
AV: What kind of work did you have to put into it?
KS: We did a lot of training with other coaches and guest coaches. And I played club for a long time. It was really just practice and continual effort.
AV: In general, what do you like most about playing volleyball?
KS: I like the people, and playing on a team is so much fun. Being on a team and seeing the same people every day and then going to tournaments and just growing together is the thing that is really fun.
AV: How is the season going so far?
KS: Pretty well, we're going to state, so that's pretty fun.
AV: How is the season, personally, going for you?
KS: It's good. It's sad because it's my last season, but I think I've grown so much as an athlete, and I've really gotten to enjoy being friends with some of the younger girls. It's been a good season.
AV: How has it been stepping into a leadership role as a senior?
KS: It's OK. There's four of us, so we all work well together, and we all just kind of try to wrangle the younger girls.
AV: Did you have any role models in the sport growing up?
KS: I've been playing for a while, so I was really close with seniors last year, so Jaye Ellen Davis, who was our libero, and then Lauren Hughes and Aubrey Holladay. They were some of my big role models as I was coming up as a sophomore and junior.
AV: What did you learn from them?
KS: Jaye Ellen has really good patience, and Aubrey is a really good motivator and she's good to talk to. And Lauren is great about making sure everybody's having a great time.
AV: Do you ever catch any Auburn volleyball games?
KS: Yes. There are many Auburn volleyball games that I've drug my parents to and all my friends.
AV: Do you play any other sports?
KS: I used to run track, but we don't talk about that. I stopped when I realized they made me run every day.
AV: As a senior, do you know what you want to do after you graduate?
KS: I'm either going to be pre-nursing or pre-med.
AV: Do you know where you want to go yet?
KS: I think I'm probably going to end up at Auburn.
AV: Do you have any hobbies outside of sports?
KS: I work a lot. I work at a day care, and I like the kids a lot.
Interview by Brian Woodham