Mahopac senior Claire Felix is a middle hitter and captain on the varsity volleyball team. She also plays on the varsity basketball team.

How old were you when you started playing volleyball and how did you get started?

I started playing in sixth grade for a club team called LHVA. Two of my older sisters played and it seemed really fun, so I decided to give it a shot.

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What do you think your strengths are as a volleyball player?

My strength is being versatile. I am able to spike the ball in the front row and pass and serve receive when I’m in the back row, where many people only play one or the other.

As a senior captain, how do you see your role on the team, and how much do you value being a team leader?

In volleyball it’s important to have a positive attitude and keep your energy up on the court, so as a captain that’s one of the things I really try to maintain.  I value being a team leader very much because it gives other teammates someone to look up to and leaders help keep things on track during high-pressure game situations. 

What is your favorite team activity, pregame or postgame ritual that you share with your teammates?

I love when we have team dinners because they’re really fun and they help you get to know your teammates better and create a stronger bond.

Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?

I really look up to my older sisters because they have taught me to always work hard in both school and athletics and to never give up.

Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?

Oceans and lakes really scare me because I don’t like how you can’t see the bottom.

Do you plan on continuing to play volleyball or basketball in college? If yes, have you committed yet, where are you going and why did you pick that school?

I plan on definitely playing basketball in college. I have thought about playing both, but as of now I am sticking with basketball. I have not chosen a school yet.

Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?

I am still thinking about what I want to study in college, but I really enjoy sports and I love kids.

Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?

I love Stephen Curry because he’s really good at basketball and I love watching the UConn women’s basketball team play.

What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?

I mainly listen to rap before a game or any song that will pump me up. 

If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

I would want to read people’s minds because I think it would be funny knowing what people are thinking.

If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?

I would visit Punta Cana. I love the warm weather and I always see really pretty pictures of the beaches.

What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?

I always look forward to eating the sandwiches we get for away games.

Best place to eat in Mahopac and why?

Bliss. It’s so convenient and the food is really good, especially their wraps.

Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?

Instagram because it’s fun posting pictures and seeing what other people are doing.

For a young athlete growing up in Mahopac, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the volleyball program and why should they go out for the team?

Volleyball is one out of three sports I have played but I can honestly say I have the most fun playing it. It’s really intense and can be really exciting whether you’re on the court or on the bench. The friendships I have made through volleyball will last forever and my teammates are like a second family. Young athletes should go out for the team because volleyball is one of the few sports in Mahopac with a modified team, so athletes can try it out before they get to high school and see if they like it.