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Athlete of the Week: Chris Papavassiliou
Chris Papavassiliou is a senior on the Malibu High School boys volleyball team.
When did you start playing volleyball and how did you get started?
My dad played a lot of volleyball when he was younger and he ended up playing a lot of beach volleyball. Ever since I was 8, I was just playing with him. I started playing tournaments on the beach with my brother when I was 10.
What’s your favorite thing about volleyball?
The fast pace of it. It’s so easy to make mistakes you really have to be focused. I always say volleyball is 70 percent mental and 30 percent physical — that’s what makes volleyball more fun for me than any other sport I play.
What do you hope to get out of this volleyball season?
My goal is just to get better and just have fun with this team and what we can work with. We lost a lot of good players. But, this is my favorite team that I’ve played with in all four years.
What do you do in your spare time?
I surf and I play basketball with my friends. I’m in independent study, so I have lots of free time. Right now I’m also working at Malibu Kitchen.
What’s your favorite subject in school and why?
I’m in a film production class at school and I really like editing and making videos and movies.
Who is your role model?
When Matthew McConaughuey gave an acceptance speech, he said his role model is himself 10 years from now. I want to steal that because I really like that line.
What do you plan to do after graduation?
I’m going to SMC and I’m going to try to transfer to a UC after two years. If volleyball is an option there, then I’ll play.
What’s your favorite place in Malibu?
Point Dume, because it’s where i grew up and where I live now. All my friends live here, on the Point, so you can walk or skate or bike anywhere.
What do you do to prepare for a big game?
Most of the time I listen to music. If it’s an away game, I listen to music on the bus. I’m constantly eating and drinking water all day and constantly stretching and moving. My brother is the assistant coach, so he’s usually talking to me before a game.
What is your favorite band or artist?
When it comes to volleyball, I like to listen to hip-hop and rap.
Interview by Senior Editor Ashleigh Fryer