Micaela Donatio never planned to play volleyball after this fall. But everything went her way this fall and she has had a change of plans.
First, she was named a co-captain with Kaylee Lambrinos. Then, in her first year as a starter, she helped North Andover to an 18-6 season and a berth in the Division 1 North title game.
That equalled the Knights’ school record for wins and it equalled the furthest they’ve gone in the postseason in their 15-year history.
It gets better. Donatio was named All-MVC and set school single-season records for kills and blocks.
Donatio talked about the season, her love of Gronk and her unusual dream job in this week’s Around the Horn.
What can you say about your season? “I could not be more proud of the team. We made it the furthest the program has ever gone.”
Was it flattering being elected co-captain? “Yes, especially because I didn’t play a lot junior year. We had two senior middles I had to compete with. I thought that would affect people’s decisions. I think people realized I’d bring something to the table this year. It felt good.”
Was there any doubt in your mind you could do the job? “Definitely going in. I always struggle with confidence. Especially since I didn’t play a lot (previously). I knew I had big shoes to fill at the net. I was really nervous. We all worked hard in the offseason. Gradually I became comfortable. I just grew as a player.”
What’s your favorite personal athletic achievement? “It would have to be this year. I couldn’t have asked for 13 better girls to share the season with.”
Would you like to play in college? “I thought this would be it going into the season. But I’m playing now for the Mass. Patriots in Quincy. I’m looking at schools now for volleyball: St. A’s, Trinity, Stonehill to name a few.”