In the right place at the right time

When something goes wrong on the volleyball court, the players point their fingers at KatieMarie Wing.

As the setter on the Bremerton Knights team and a varsity starter for the last three seasons, Wing is often held responsible if something doesn’t work out.

She has the central role on the court.

Her job is to put the ball in the right place so her teammates can spike it over the net. If her pass is just off to the right or left a few inches, it can mean the difference between a point won and a point lost.

“You are an easy scapegoat,” she said.

She doesn’t mind the pressure.

Her coach calls her the coolest cookie on the court.

“I think she’s our most consistent player,” said coach Roger Thomas. “When she goes back to the service line, I feel good about it.”

This year Thomas says Wing, a senior, has taken a more active leadership role.

“All of the seniors are leaders,” Wing said. “Most have been playing varsity for two or three years.”

“It’s our responsibility to let everyone know that when they make a mistake it is OK.”

Off the court, Wing has maintained a 3.95 grade point average throughout her high school years. She is debating whether or not to extend her education at the University of Washington or the smaller California-based school Saint Mary’s.

She’s a fan of her English classes, and her favorite book is the Herman Hesse novel ‘Siddhartha,’ that describes the self-imposed struggles and discipline in the Buddha’s life.

“I can relate to it in that he never gives up,” she said. “He’s searching, and I kind of like that.”

Wing hands out smiles easily. When she walks through the crowded hallways at Bremerton High School, friends poke her in the back to say hello, or they tap her shoulder.

Wing first started playing volleyball in ninth grade on the Kitsap Juniors club team under OC volleyball coach Tobie Moore.

“There were people on there that had played club so I learned a lot from them,” she said.

Of volleyball, Wing said she likes the fact that it is a thinking game.

“You want to hit with power but you have to hit it where the holes are, where there is a weakness.”

Even though the Knights are 1-3 so far this season, Wing said she is playing on a team that has a lot more talent and experience. Sometimes it is difficult to play girls sports because the players get so serious, she said.

“With guys, they just kind of forget about it afterwards, but sometimes with the girls you take it just a little too seriously.”

In college, Wing will pursue a law degree. And, until that time, she says she tries her best to never miss an episode of ‘Law and Order.” Whether she intends to or not, she will keep impressing her coach and teammates with her consistent play.

“Never too high, never too long,” said Thomas, referring to her steady play.

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