Kelsie Payne is an athlete's athlete who fell in love with volleyball in junior high.
The John Connally High School student is one of the most aggressive players you'll meet. She's a middle blocker which means she has to be quick, strong and smart.
"It's a mental game and a physical game,” Payne said. “I like the challenge of trying to outsmart your opponent, but also being able to physically compete with them."
The six-three senior doesn't just compete. She broke three blocking records and a hitting record at Connally.
"Probably the best talent Connally has ever seen come through," Head Coach Meghan Nichols said.
Kelsie accomplished so much on the court and she did it while taking all AP classes. She's part of a team of overachievers.
"It's not easy to have a social life, have good grades, and be an athlete, but you just have to find time to sit down and focus on each one individually," Payne said
The Connally Cougars lost in the first round of the playoffs. Kelsie will be joined at Kansas by her club teammate and school-district rival Madison Rigdon.