The Wellesley News is excited to continue the tradition of featuring a student athlete’s hard work and successes at the end of each month in our 2023-24 publications. For our first student athlete of the semester, we decided to highlight a sophomore volleyball player, Kennedy Mayo.
Mayo graduated from Saint John Vianney High School in 2022, where she started on the varsity volleyball team for three years while also being a Captain. After a successful High School career she had a powerful first-year and finished the season with 141 kills, and team-leading 43 total blocks This year, with only playing a handful of games Mayo has helped the Blue to a 6-2 season. So far she has had 34 kills and is looking for more opportunities to dominate the court.
To learn more about what makes such a great student athlete and teammate, The News asked Mayo a few questions.
TWN: How did you start playing Volleyball?
KM: The story of my volleyball journey’s start is very interesting, to say the least. I was once a cheerleader in my lifetime, following my mother’s footsteps, and in middle school, I unfortunately didn’t make the team. I still wanted to stay active, so one of my best friends and then long-time teammate suggested I try out for volleyball the next day. Since the first day I touched the ball, I knew I would love this sport! I then continued to play for middle school, high school and club.
TWN: What is your favorite memory from playing volleyball over the years?
KM:My favorite memory from playing volleyball over the years has to be the time I spent playing for the National Team with Princeton Volleyball Club. Traveling the world with the greatest athletes and coaches from the tri-state area has been a blessing and has shaped me into the athlete, student and person I am today. My favorite city to play and explore was Boston, which persuaded me to play for Wellesley! I can’t wait to make more volleyball memories here at Wellesley!
TWN: Have you faced any adversity as your season has progressed? If so, how were you able to overcome those challenges?
KM: My season has just begun, and I’m grateful it is going smoothly so far. I have faced many challenges throughout my previous seasons, though. I suffered many injuries, including ankles, Achilles, fingers and back. Through prayer, PT and the support of my teammates, family and friends, I was able to get back on the court quickly!
TWN: Do you have any type of pre-game ritual?
KM: I don’t have any personal pregame rituals; I usually go with the flow. With the team, we have many pregame rituals. We always bump “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga before we run out on home games and have a scream circle.
TWN: Who are your biggest supporters?
KM: My biggest supporters have to be my parents and grandma. They have driven me to every practice, and have never missed a game till this day! I have such an amazing support system.
TWN: What are you interested in outside of athletics?
KM: I love photography and always take my Canon EOS Rebel G film camera with me everywhere I go. I love the process of filming and the excitement I feel when I receive the photos I took. Also, since I grew up on the Jersey Shore, I love swimming in the ocean and have been a lifeguard for three years! Lastly, I am a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, where I can be of service to all mankind.
At Wellesley, Kennedy majors in Political Science and Psychology. She is passionate about entrepreneurship, government and law, and social media marketing. With the help of Mayo, the Blue is on a win streak right now and will host its NEWMAC opener against Salve Regina on Tuesday.