When good things are happening for the Falmouth High School volleyball team, you can bet that Shea Macleod is probably in the middle of it all. The big middle hitter has grown to become one of the most important players on the Clippers over the past few years.
The daughter of John and Lee Macleod is a member of the National Honor Society, and said that math and science are her favorite subjects in school. Her most-prized possession is a jewelry box that belonged to her great-grandmother.
A two-year captain for the Clippers, Macleod was an all-star in the Cape and Islands League last year and is likely to earn that designation again this year. She said that “Get Out” and “Ratatouille” are her favorite movies. “Breaking Bad” is her favorite TV show and Kanye West is her favorite recording artist. Her go-to meal is pad thai, with chocolate pudding for dessert and water to drink.
How did you get involved with volleyball? How much do you enjoy it? What was your role on the team?
I started playing volleyball freshman year, because at the time it seemed like a fun and easy sport. After my first year I learned that the sport was much more complex than I thought. I enjoy playing volleyball more than any sport I have ever played in the past, I never thought I could have so much fun playing a sport. My role on the team for the last two years has been to be a leader, I am still learning how to become a better leader every day.
Describe your feelings when you found out that you were going to get to play a senior season this year after the spring sports were canceled.
I was definitely surprised, I saw how many times the basketball team had to quarantine, and thought there was no way volleyball was happening. It has been really nice to have something to look forward to every day after Zooms.
The volleyball team has continued to take steps forward to become a very competitive program. What has been the key to being able to compete at such a high level, and where do you see this program going in the future?
I think that the players have become more dedicated, a lot of the players do club during the winter or some type of camp in the summer. Playing in the offseason has made us a more competitive team. In the future, I see volleyball becoming a sport accessible to more than just high schoolers in Falmouth. If people can start playing at a younger age our program can go so much further.
With D-Y and Barnstable in your league, the league is very tough. Do you think that Falmouth can compete for the league title this year? What will it take to win?
I do think that we can compete for the league title this year. Personally, I like playing D-Y and Barnstable the most, I always play my best games against them. In order to win we need to communicate more and make sure we are in position.
You used to play hockey for Falmouth High, but gave it up to focus on volleyball. Do you miss being on the ice?
I do miss hockey. I will always enjoy hockey and pond skating in the winter, however, I never had as much fun playing hockey as I do volleyball.
What do you think a scouting report would say about you?
I think a scouting report would say that I’m a well-rounded player that works well with everyone. As well as that I make good decisions on the court and, consistent while playing. I think they would also say that I need to work on talking more and moving my feet faster.
If you could replay one game that you have played in, which one would it be? Why?
If I had to pick one game to replay it would be the playoff game against Duxbury last season. It honestly was a really frustrating game because no one played to their full potential, including myself. I think we could have won if everyone had played their best game and we could have gone much farther in the tournament.
What do you consider the highlight of your athletic career so far?
I believe that the highlight of my athletic career so far was this season when we played Barnstable for the first time. I think that it was one of my best games thus far, everyone played really well. Winning a set against Barnstable was something I never thought was possible before.
Who is the best teammate that you’ve ever played with? What makes that person stand out?
The best teammate I have ever played with would be Riley Gregory. I played with her for about three years during the regular season and the winter. Riley has taught me more than any coach ever has, during games she always guided me when I was lost. She made me the player I am today.
Do you have any sports-related superstitions? If so, what are they?
I don’t have any major superstitions before games but I always make sure I crack my neck and all my fingers right before I start playing. It helps me feel loose right before I play.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from playing sports?
The most important thing I’ve learned from playing sports is that I shouldn’t be scared to speak up. I’ve always been pretty introverted, but communicating with my teammates and helping them has made volleyball more enjoyable for me.
Was there anything that you accomplished or worked on improving during quarantine that you’re proud of?
Honestly, I was pretty unmotivated during quarantine and I didn’t do much. I was just proud of myself for applying to college on time and keeping my grades up.
Is there anyone that you would like to thank?
I have many people in my life I would like to thank, including my mom and dad, my grandparents, and Rob Gregory. My parents and grandparents have always shown up for me and supported every decision I have made. Rob has taught me so much about volleyball and he helped me develop my love for this sport.
What’s the most interesting place you’ve ever visited? Is there somewhere in the world that you’ve always dreamed of going? Why?
The most interesting place I have ever visited would be the Azores, it’s a Portuguese island. Every part of the island was so clean and beautiful, I wish I would have appreciated it more when I was there. I have always dreamed of traveling to Thailand and South Africa. I love Thai food and would love to try their authentic food, and I’ve always wanted to go on a real safari in South Africa.
What’s the biggest difference between you as a senior and as a freshman? If you could go back, what advice would you give to your freshman self?
I have a lot more confidence in myself and in the person I am now versus when I was a freshman. If I could give advice to my freshman self it would be that others’ opinions don’t matter and that putting myself first is the most important thing. I have become a lot happier after showing my true self to people and prioritizing my feelings.
What is something about you that people would be surprised to learn?
One thing people would be surprised to learn about me is that I love to cook. I’ve watched cooking shows since I was a little kid, I’ve always loved food and the comfort it brings me.
If you could switch places with one person for a week, who would it be and what would you want to do?
If I could switch places with one person for a week it would be Rihanna. I would make new music if I were her because it’s been years since she’s dropped an album.
Describe your idea of the perfect day.
My perfect day would be waking up in a fancy hotel with breakfast in bed then going to the beach all day. After the beach, I would get dressed up and eat dinner at my favorite restaurant while watching the sunset. For the rest of the night, I would hang out and walk around a city with my friends.
What are your post-high school plans?
My post-high school plans are to attend the University of Vermont and major in environmental engineering or something that has to do with sustainability/the environment.
What would you like to be doing in 10 years, and where will you be?
In 10 years I hope to be doing a job that gives me a sense of fulfillment. I want to help the Earth become cleaner and more green, wherever that takes me I will be satisfied. I try not to have a set vision of what I want my future to look like, I just want to feel like I am helping and benefitting something/someone in some way.