Despite her small stature (Judy is 4’11”), Secret Lifer Judy Lee was a standout on her high school volleyball team, regularly intimidating her opponents with her “setting” skills. Here’s her story:
“In this picture, I was a senior at Athens Drive High School in Raleigh, NC. As an incoming freshman, I had never played volleyball before, but my friend Nancy and I decided to try out for the team. The try-out was grueling! I remember thinking my forearms were going to be completely black and blue, if not broken, after the first day! Coach Stevens really worked us hard. After what felt like weeks of boot camp, Nance and I both made the varsity team as freshman! We were ecstatic!
“I’m pretty short. It’s funny to think that I played volleyball for 4 years in high school. But height doesn’t matter when you’re a setter. My job was to set the ball up for a perfect spike. One of my teammates, Laura, was 6’5″ or so. It was funny to see us walk out on the court. My head would barely reach the bottom of the net and when she raised her hands, she had an entire hand sticking above the net. The other team would always smile at the height difference. Little did they know that we were a force to be reckoned with. Those smiles would soon be wiped off their faces after the first few minutes.”