‘I’m really excited to play our hardest’

Lily Remington is set for her senior volleyball season.

Towering above most of her fellow volleyballers at 6 feet tall, Lily Remington gets a thrill out of leaping up to the net and making an impact during matches.

“I would definitely say a good solid stuff block is probably a highlight of the game,” said the senior Mercer Island High School (MIHS) outside/right side player.

The third-year varsity player’s mom — who played high school and college ball — sent her to volleyball camps as a child and the future Islander stuck with the sport.

“I just kept growing and I kept liking it, too,” said Remington, who enjoys putting in the effort to improve her game.

After the Islanders played just eight games last spring due to the pandemic, they’re back with a full fall schedule on tap this time out. The locals notched a 3-0 win over Skyline on Sept. 8 to begin the season.

“It’s really nice, I’m looking forward (to it). We have a really good shot at districts this year, so I’m really excited to play our hardest,” she said.

When the truncated spring season ended, most of the Islanders jumped into club ball and attended summer camps. Everyone’s ready to go, said Remington, who competes on the club scene with her sister, Logan (6-2 sophomore), for Sudden Impact.

Remington has entertained thoughts of playing college ball for a Division III school and she’ll see what transpires next year. She’s eyeing schools for academics and currently sports a 3.98 grade-point average. Her favorite subjects are history and science and she’s looking forward to taking AP biology this year.

The Reporter asked Remington a series of questions to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into her life:

What would be your dream job?

Possibly something in forensics. I watch a lot of crime shows. I really like when you analyze stuff down to the elements and learning how different chemicals react, but more of in the sense of forensics and crime studies.

What’s your favorite movie of all time?

“Ocean’s 13.”

What’s a special skill that you’d like to learn?

I’d definitely like to learn how to crochet. I know how to do the basic single stitch. Learning how to make stuffed animals and then clothing, too, you just have to learn a bunch of different stitches. I feel like that would be super cool to actually make my own clothing that way.

What’s something that scares you that maybe you’d want to overcome?

I’m terrified of sharks, they scare me half to death. I can’t watch movies with sharks in them, but I don’t know if I’d necessarily want to overcome that, by like going in a shark tank or anything. I think that would just scare me more. It doesn’t help that there’s movies everywhere with killer sharks in them.

Do you have a daily motto, something that inspires you each day to get going?

I just kind of like the classic, ‘Live for the moment.’ And how everything you do today will affect what you do tomorrow, and trying to better yourself today will make tomorrow easier.

If you could go to dinner with one person, who would that be?

Michelle Obama. I feel like you could easily have a conversation with her, like she’s very approachable. It wouldn’t be like you just talk about history or whatnot, I feel like you could bring in fun elements, too. Ask her more about her life rather than just her political stances and all that. I feel like she’d just have really good advice.