Smashing the ball and having fun on the court

Remington thrives in the roles of middle blocker, leader

Volleyball can sometimes be heavy in the stress department for players, says Logan Remington, but it’s also the domain where she amasses thrilling times with her Mercer Island High School (MIHS) teammates and coaches.

Follow the ball through the air, and Remington will often be involved in smashing it to the ground for a point or stuffing it back at opponents.

The 6-foot-3 senior middle blocker and co-captain is in the midst of her third season with the Islanders, who sported a 4-4 overall record at press time, and she’s enjoying every second of the campaign.

“It’s super fun just knowing that you had a good play and knowing that you helped your team boost their energy and get as many points as possible,” said an enthusiastic Remington. “I just love playing front row so much. I want (the ball) so badly. I’ll do whatever I can to make the ball hit the ground on the other side. I will do whatever I can to get these kills and pump up my teammates when we’re down.”

She’s notched heaps of blocks and kills over the years, and last season for MIHS she attained a +0.345 hitting percentage with 130 kills and 65 blocks.

Remington, who also plays club ball for the North Pacific Juniors 18 national team out of Seattle, has committed to play Division II volleyball for Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, next season. At university, she plans to eventually major or minor in psychology or cognitive science.

The three-year varsity starter said she’s had a special connection with fellow senior captain and setter Melena Wong along with seniors Mia Vorkoper and Aditi Mannby and coaches Carmen Vasilatos and Shayda Sanii since she stepped into the Islander realm.

Just like Remington did when she began unleashing her skills at MIHS as a sophomore alongside her big sister and then-senior, Lily, the current crop of youngsters are soaking up inspiration and knowledge from the veterans.

“Just learning and playing volleyball is just so important to me and I’m just hoping that they understand that as well,” said Remington, who thrives on being a leader and immersing herself in MIHS volleyball with the team during her final season.

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

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

Probably Bobby Flay. If he can make me dinner, I would fall in love, I think. Any amazing cook, I would just love to have a great dinner with. (She’s a baker in her spare time.)

On the baking front, what’s one of your top creations?

I honestly think it’s a tie between three things: Those French macarons are so amazing. I think mine is a salted caramel macaron, which is so good. Then also, I have two homemade cakes that I always make: One is a chocolate cake that is just so amazing, I just love it so much. The other is this vanilla spongecake with strawberries and I think whipped cream. We just have that all the time in the summer, it’s the perfect dessert.

What provides inspiration for you?

Definitely the people around me. My parents are always so supportive and thoughtful and they just say things that just kind of stick in my mind. With that being said, I definitely think my club coach, her name is Paula Schwan, she has helped me so much just understand volleyball but also life (she feels a connection with and appreciation for her). Definitely the people I surround myself with, my friends and everyone, they just make me a better person and I just have so much fun with them and I just learn so much from everyone else.

If you’re having a bad day, how do you break out of that and put it in your favor?

Probably just sleep. I might just put on some music, just in the background and just fall asleep because it just distracts my mind from everything. If that doesn’t work, just music, that helps a lot. I listen to music like 24/7. If you see me before a game, I have my headphones on, just listening to my hype music, just waiting to play. Probably those two things just help me stay focused and just have a positive mental attitude.

What would be your tunes of choice? Give me your top three artists?

Kendrick Lamar and Beyonce, of course, I love her so much, and then just kind of like more calm music with Hozier.