Folsom Athlete of the Week: Nathan Felde

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Nathan Felde has been a member of Folsom High’s varsity volleyball team for his entire four years at the school.

In his first three seasons, he’s been part of seven wins, including none in his freshman season, so suffice to say the wins have been few and far between. This season, Felde and his teammates have won four of their eight matches prior to spring break, which is only one win shy of the team’s total a year ago. This year’s team has the most talent the program has seen in years. After three years of lots of losing, Felde will do anything to experience the thrill of winning and he’s stepped up for the team.

“Nathan is playing out of position in the middle right now, but that’s where we need him and he’s stepped up,” Folsom coach Eric Juline said. “Earlier in his career, he was a setter for me. He played outside against Del Oro and had 14 kills, and he played in the middle tonight against Nevada Union. Wherever I need him, I put him.”


Folsom Telegraph: What are your hopes/plans for after graduation?

Nathan Felde: I will be attending Cal Poly SLO to pursue a degree in Civil Engineering.


FT: Do sports run in your family?

NF: Yes, my parents have been playing volleyball longer than I've been alive.


FT: How long have you been playing volleyball and how did you get your start in it?

NF: I have been playing for almost six years now. I started playing volleyball in sixth grade with a local league. The next year I joined the team at Sutter Middle.


FT: What do you like best about volleyball?

NF: I love the fast-paced nature of the sport. Getting kills is also pretty fun.


FT: You’ve played several positions on the court. Which is your favorite and why?

NF: Outside is my favorite spot at the moment.


FT: You’ve been a four-year varsity player at Folsom High where wins have been hard to come by. What have you learned by your experience?

NF: I've learned that that it's not all about wins. If you're playing well, losing can feel just as good as winning.


FT: This year’s team is off to a good start, winning four of its first eight matches. What’s been the difference this season so far?

NF: I think the team has more experience overall. Many of us have been playing together for over a year or so, and that definitely helps communication on (and off) the court.


FT: What is your favorite class in school and why?

NF: My favorite class is my Calculus BC class, because it is fascinating to learn about the breadth of math and how it applies to everyday life.


FT: Favorite Food?

NF: Cheez-it Double Cheese Snack Mix.


FT: Favorite music?

NF: I enjoy most types of music, but I'm most into jazz.


FT: Do you have any pets? Tell us about them.

NF: I have a 10-year old yellow lab named Farley. All she wants to do is play with her ball.


FT: Do you have any hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?

NF: I love the outdoors and I love hiking. I also am passionate about music. I play multiple instruments, and I always want to learn more. I am in multiple musical groups both in and out of school and we play and perform music, usually jazz, quite often.


FT: What inspires you in sports?

NF: It's inspiring to play with guys who work so hard. It inspires me to work harder.


FT: What are your career goals? What job/career are you interested in?

NF:  I'm interested in the engineering field, although I am not too sure what job specifically suits me yet.