David Stotelmyre had never played competitive volleyball before high school, so to think that he’s an integral member of the boys’ team at The Bishop’s School now is nothing short of remarkable.
Stotelmyre, a senior left-side hitter and middle blocker, has come a long way since he first stepped on the court and found himself routinely getting tangled in the net when he went up to hit or block a ball.
“He’s become a pretty accomplished player playing just three months of the year,” said Bishop’s coach Tod Mattox, noting that Stotelmyre doesn’t play club volleyball. “He hits the crud out of the ball and loves to block. He’s not a natural ball-control guy, but he plays all around just because he’s so athletic.”
Stotelmyre has helped the Knights to a 7-1 record and a 2-0 mark in the Coastal League North entering the week of April 20. The Knights have achieved that mark with a team made up mostly of athletes converted from other sports, Stotelmyre being one of them.
“The cool thing about Bishop’s volleyball is that we’ve got one club player, and all the rest of the players come from water polo or basketball or other sports,” said Stotelmyre, also a boys’ basketball star for the Knights. “As a team, we click really well. It’s really fun, but it’s also the most competitive it’s probably been since my freshman year.”
Stotelmyre helped the Knights to a CIF-San Diego Section Division IV basketball title this winter, averaging 19.2 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. While basketball is his first love, he said that during his four years on the volleyball court, he has come to enjoy his second sport nearly as much as the first.
“Volleyball’s always been that sport to look forward to after the long, grueling basketball season,” Stotelmyre said.
His volleyball coach is thrilled that he feels that way.
“He brings tons of energy to the floor every day,” Mattox said. “He loves to compete, and he’s an aggressive athlete--it’s just fun having him in the gym.”