Patch stopped by the Severna Park varsity volleyball practice and spoke with junior Natalie Converse about her volleyball career, life at SPHS and her plans for the future.
Severna Park Patch: What is your favorite Severna Park volleyball memory?
Natalie Converse: My favorite memory was my freshman year on JV—we were undefeated the entire season. At the end we played Arundel and South River who are our biggest competitors. Against Arundel, in the third game we were down a lot and we thought we were going to lose. I wasn’t playing well and I turned around and my sister was there and was like, 'You can do it.' And then after that, I played really well and we won the game. We call it a sister moment.
Severna Park Patch: What are your expectations for this season?
Converse: Well, like everyone else says, reach for as high as you can—like going to states. Last year was our training year. We were young and not as experienced. Now the pressure is on, and we want to win states.
Severna Park Patch: What other groups or activities do you participate in at Severna Park High School?
Converse: I’m in National Honor Society, business club, DECA, and Key Club, which is like helping the environment and charity work.
Severna Park Patch: What was your favorite class at Severna Park?
Converse: Freshman year English class with Mrs. Leach. She just made it really, really fun. She was such a good teacher. I learned a lot and had so much fun. And I felt she really understood us.
Severna Park Patch: What are your expectations for the team next year?
Converse: It’s going to be hard because half of our team is leaving. We will need JV girls to step up and play with us.