Bellevue Wolverines senior volleyball Callie Weber was adept at delivering pulverizing kills from her position of outside hitter during the 2017 season.
Weber, who led the Wolverines to a 16-7 overall record, was named the KingCo 3A volleyball player of the year. While Weber was humbled by earning the top individual accolade in the milieu of high school volleyball, she credited her comrades on the Bellevue roster for making it a reality.
“I couldn’t have done it without my teammates, especially Alexis Khuu. She actually introduced me to volleyball back when I had no idea what it was. We’ve been playing together for six years now. It has just been a blessing. I owe it all to her,” Weber said. “We are actually neighbors. She is the setter for our team and she was first-team all-KingCo. She always pushed me to be better. Being MVP is great but I really thought she deserved it just as much.”
Weber said her parents also played a pivotal role in her development as an athlete.
“Both of my parents played sports throughout high school. They didn’t play volleyball but they always pushed me to pursue what I was interested in. They always told me if you want to be good, you got to put in the extra work,” she said.
Weber was disappointed her team wasn’t able to compete in the Class 3A state tournament this November. The Wolverines lost 3-1 to Mercer Island in a winner-to-state, loser-out Sea-King district playoff match on Nov. 4. The Wolverines lost to the Islanders four times during the 2017 season.
“It was really hard on the team. Every time we would go up against them we would think this is the time we’re going to do it. We gave it our best shot. They are a great team but it was sad to have the season end like that,” Weber said. “This year was really different since it was my senior year. After the last game, we didn’t know what to do. We didn’t have practice the next day and couldn’t see each other every day. Our banquet is coming up and I know it will be very emotional.”
Recently the Bellevue Reporter had an opportunity to ask Weber a few questions about her life away from volleyball.
Bellevue Reporter: What is your favorite movie of all time?
Callie Weber: Last night I watched “Marley & Me.” It was very sad.
BR: What is your favorite restaurant in Bellevue?
CW: Mod Pizza. If I have 10 bucks, I’m going to Mod Pizza.
BR: What is your favorite hobby away from volleyball?
CW: I really like working with young people. I coach kids over the summer for volleyball. If I had more time in my life I would probably volunteer more with kids.
BR: What is your dream vacation spot?
CW: If I could go anywhere right now I would go to Spain. I went on a school trip there before and I fell in love with the culture. Meeting new people was so much fun.
BR: Who was your idol growing up?
CW: My mom. She is such a strong woman. Whatever she sets her mind to, she really pursues it. That has been so inspiring for me.
BR: What kind of music are you listening to the most in your iPod right now?
CW: I really like a ton of a different things. I like jazz. I like electronic music.
BR: How many text messages do you send per day?
CW: I usually text my family. I usually use SnapChat. I SnapChat way too much.