By Beau Wicker Pharos-Tribune
---- — Logansport’s volleyball program has enjoyed a successful run in recent years.
In the middle of that success the last three years has been middle hitter Paulie Frye.
Frye, a 5-foot-9 senior, led the Berries with 45 blocks this season. She was fifth on the team in kills with 98.
“We ran some slides with her and some 32 plays where she hit from the left-hand side and she’s got a lot of power, more than people think,” Logan coach Jon Vernon said. “She put it on some people this year. She almost hurt some kids; she hit a kid in the face one time.
“She played with a lot of effort. She’s a real good kid and a good worker.”
During Frye’s three-year run in the middle for the Berries, they won 24, 26 and 19 matches.
Though they took a bit of a dip this season at 19-14, Vernon noted they toughened their schedule this season and they had a number of close losses that could have gone either way against tough opponents. The Berries did win the county tournament for the second straight year.
Frye also scored 154 service points on the season that included 15 aces. She added 59 digs.
“She had a high serving percentage. She did a good job of playing in the back row,” Vernon said. “She really improved as the year went along. I was really impressed with her passing this year. She did a really good job.”
The following is a question-and-answer session with Frye.
Q. Of the sports you play, which is your favorite? Why?
A. My favorite would have to be volleyball because I started in the fourth grade and it has been a huge part of my life ever since.
Q. How did you first get started in sports? At what age?
A. I went to the call outs because all of my friends and classmates were going. I was 9 years old.
Q. Do you have any family members who played sports?
A. My whole family is very sport-oriented. My father and uncles played football, basketball and baseball. My sister played softball and ran cross country and my other sister was a cheerleader.
Q. Have you ever played a sport that you were not successful at?
A. Yes, I played basketball in middle school. Let’s just say it was an interesting experience.
Q. How do you feel you’ve improved as an athlete since you first started playing?
A. I was constantly working at it every chance I could get. I was at all of the camps and open gyms in the summers.
Q. Who do you consider your biggest role model? Why?
A. I have so many role models in my life, but my parents tie for first. They are always helping others and telling my sisters and I to never give up. They are the reason I have never quit. I see how hard they work each and every day even when they are tired. I couldn’t imagine my life without their guidance and love. They are the best role models I could ask for.
Q. What experiences have you had in sports have made you the athlete you are today?
A. I had an injury last season and had to sit out for a significant number of games. That really made me want to push harder so I didn’t have to sit and watch anymore, all I wanted to do was play.
Q. What is something that not everyone knows about you?
A. My real name is Paulette Pumel Frye. I don’t ever tell anyone that, but my parents like it.
Q. What is your favorite memory of playing sports at your school?
A. I have so many memories from the years like running through the sprinklers after a Muncie camp or playing the Hunger Games before our Peru game for volleyball last year. For swim it was always the Just Dance parties on the weekends, but I think the best memory for both of the sports has to be the girls. We were all a huge family through all four years of swimming and volleyball. It will be extremely sad to leave them all at the end of the year.
Q. What’s your favorite music, movie, TV show, etc.?
A. I like a lot of Indie Rock music and the Passenger. My favorite movie is Ten Things I Hate About You and my favorite TV show is Friends. I love the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. My favorite sports team would have to be IU basketball.
Q. Who is the best athlete in your respective sport you’ve ever gone up against?
A. Lauryn Gillis from New Castle has always been amazing competition. She is great to watch and fun to go up against.
Q. What are your goals for your future? Do you plan on attending college?
A. I plan on attending college, but I am not sure of where or what I want to do yet. I am interested in teaching, but I also really want to travel.
Each week during the school year the Pharos-Tribune recognizes an athlete from one of five area high schools. The recipients are selected by each school’s athletic department.