Carl Albert’s Karsyn Smith – Character Counts Presented by Eskridge Honda

Carl Albert High School varsity volleyball player Karsyn Smith is no newcomer to the court. She started her playing career in the eighth grade, which led to her playing for the high school and more.

“I just decided to try out for our school team and I made it then I liked volleyball so much that I tried out for a club team. I just finished my third club season of club ball and just started my fourth season of school ball,” said Smith.

Her position requires skill, speed and guts. The Libero spot is a defensive position that requires Smith to dive all over the court, and make great passes. That aspect of the game is where she thrives.

“I absolutely love passing so much it gives me the opportunity to make big plays by running down shanked balls and diving to save balls passing is also very technical with your platform angles,” said Smith.

Playing for Carl Albert gives Smith a sense of school pride and she loves her teammates.

“I love my team because I feel like we all get along very well on and off the court. My coach (Elyse Mendoza) is very supportive on and off the court and always wants to make us better. She supports us not only in playing volleyball on the court but also to help us be the best person we can be off the court too,” said Smith.

Smith maintains a 4.0 GPA since her freshman year and is a member of National Honor Society. She has been recognized in the 4.0 ceremony at school.

Academics are a big part of school life for Smith.

“My academic career is also very important to me. I have maintained a 4.0 GPA and plan to keep that for the remainder of my high school career. At the moment I would love to play college volleyball after high school if I was given the opportunity,” said Smith.

Before she finishes her high school career, Smith is hopeful the Lady Titans of Carl Albert can make the state tournament and try to bring home a championship.

“The Carl Albert volleyball team has been working very hard every day in practice and we would love to go as far and we can and make it back to the state tournament this year. I feel like if we continue to work hard as a team and play together, we have a chance to make a run at the state tournament,” said Smith.