Folsom Athlete of the Week: Lindsey SampsonBy: Matt Long of the Telegraph
Lindsey Sampson is one of two seniors on the Vista del Lago’s varsity girls’ volleyball team.
It’s not hard to find her on the court, as she wears a different jersey than her teammates, as she’s the team’s libero, a back row specialist who is primarily responsible for making passes from the back row, as well as digging the ball up for the setter. Sampson plays an important role for the Eagles, not only as the libero, but also as a captain and team leader. Sampson’s role as a leader is equally important to a young Vista squad.
Sampson has followed her sisters through the Vista volleyball program, as Jessica, class of 2012, and Kelsey, class of 2013, were key contributors to past Vista teams. Her older brother, Jake, played football and ran track and graduated from Vista in 2016.
“Lindsey is a three-year varsity player,” Vista coach Dave Faz said. “A number of refs have come up to me and told me that she’s the best libero in the league. She’s a fearless leader. She leads us emotionally and physically. You can find hitters anywhere, but it’s hard to find a special libero.”
Folsom Telegraph: What are your hopes/plans for after finishing high school?
Lindsey Sampson: After high school, I plan to attend a four-year university to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science. I am currently deciding between playing volleyball at a smaller school or attending a larger university.
FT: How long have you been playing volleyball and how did you get your start in it?
LS: I have been playing volleyball for almost eight years now. I grew up in a volleyball family, my mom and both my older sisters played, so naturally I wanted to play also. I basically grew up with a volleyball in my hand.
FT: Your older sisters came through the Vista volleyball program. What influence have they had on your volleyball career and how have they helped you become a better player?
LS: Having two older sisters who have played in the Vista volleyball program has influenced me to grow into my own player, especially because many people would compare me to them. It was always fun watching them play in high school, and they went to sections three years in a row which was exciting to see. Both of them were very successful in volleyball and watching their success and dedication to the sport influenced me to work hard and become a better athlete myself.
FT: How do you feel you have played this season? Are you pleased with your performance so far?
LS: I feel like I have played well throughout this season. I mean, of course, I have faced ups and downs with each game, but so far this season my performance has remained consistent. It’s always exciting to get a hard dig up or a tough play; however, it is also important to have a solid passing game.
FT: What about the team? How do you feel the team has played this year?
LS: I feel like our team has really played well this year, and most importantly, our team is united on and off the court. With such a young team -- with myself and Mikayla being the only seniors -- it took us a while to find our own rhythm. However, in specific games like
Granite Bay and Christian Brothers, we have proved we can compete at a high level, even if those games did not go our way.
FT: Have you enjoyed being a captain of a young team this season? Why?
LS: Being the captain of such a young team has been a great experience. With only two seniors graduating, these girls are the future of Vista’s volleyball program. It’s a lot of pressure being captain because the team looks up to you and relies on you, especially with players not used to the varsity level of play. I think both Mikayla and I have led the team well and next year’s team is set to do very well.
FT: Are you involved in other activities at Vista besides volleyball?
LS: Yes, I participate in track and field at Vista.
FT: What’s your favorite class at school and why?
LS: My favorite class at Vista is Science Fiction as Visual Literature. In this class we read and watch various science fiction and discuss the meaning and even the conspiracy theories behind each piece.
FT: Favorite Food?
LS: My favorite foods are sushi and Chinese food.
FT: Favorite music?
LS: I listen to a lot of alternative music, but my favorite artist is Jon Bellion and my favorite band is The Lumineers.
FT: Do you have any pets? Tell us about them?
LS: I have a 13-pound schnoodle (schnauzer/poodle mix) named Kona. She is 5 years old and a very lovable but barky dog (especially when new people come to the house).
FT: Do you have any interesting hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?
LS: I enjoy hiking and camping with friends and family. I also like to read and hang out with friends. I watch a lot of sports and enjoy going to Sac Republic FC and SF Giant games. One of my favorite family activities is going up to Sly Park and shooting clays and other various guns. I am also very involved in my Lifeteen youth group at my church.
FT: What inspires you in sports?
LS: Competition and the feeling that all your hard work is paying off inspires me in sports. In volleyball, you get those games where rallies last forever with both teams playing their best and you’re completely in the moment, trusting only the skills you have acquired over the years.
FT: What are your career goals? What job/profession are you interested in?
LS: I’m majoring in Environmental Science and/or Hydrology in college and hope to be an intern in that field during the summertime. I would love to be a hydrologist studying water pollution or water energy.