After four years of hard work and dedication on the court, volleyball and basketball player, Kepa Bengochea wraps up her final year of high school sports this winter.
This athlete started sports at a young age. Kepa first started city league basketball in third grade. Her dad coached her on a travel team for 3-4 years before Junior High basketball. Also before Junior High volleyball, Kepa already had experience with the sport since she joined a club volleyball team in fourth grade. Kepa also played AYSO soccer for two years.
Even though Kepa did experience other sports, she ended up focusing on volleyball and basketball.
“My dad really pushed me into the game of basketball. He definitely pointed me into that direction and I ended up loving it. I’ve always just loved volleyball. I always liked watching it as a kid and that’s why I started so young and joined the club team,” said Bengochea.
Out of the two, Kepa's favorite is definitely volleyball.
“I am most confident in it and it's my favorite thing to do,” she said.
Bengochea is confident in most of the choices she has made during her athletic career.
“I’ve definitely made the right decisions in my volleyball career. I wish I could have played more basketball and got more experience because I’m not as confident with it as I am with volleyball. But I have volleyball so I don’t necessarily need basketball,” she said.
In volleyball, Kepa is the libero.
“I am either left back or middle back so I’m typically digging the most balls. I can go in for the middle hitters at any given point. Our middle hitters which are our tallest people on the floor, are not as quick as I am because they are so tall so that’s why I am in the back row for either one of them at all times,” said Bengochea.
Both of her parents are Lowry graduates and were accomplished high school athletes.
“I’ve watched some tapes of him playing and he always worked really hard in basketball and baseball,” she said.
Her mom played volleyball for one year and basketball for four years. While her dad played college baseball at Treasure Valley Community College.
Although every athlete has memories, Kepa's favorites occurred recently.
“My proudest accomplishment was definitely winning regionals for volleyball. My fondest memory will probably be winning zone. I’ll remember our student section. That was incredible. There was so much school spirit. You could just see the whole community come together just to support one team. It was a really cool feeling,” said Bengochea.
Kepa's only regret with sports is not playing club volleyball after volleyball season.
Once Kepa graduates high school, she wants to continue playing her favorite sport.
“I truly think that sports leads you in the right direction, gives you structure, keeps your grades up, and keeps you in shape. And I just love it. I don’t want to stop playing, I really hope I get picked up by a college for volleyball,” said Bengochea.
Kepa also wants to become an elementary teacher.
“I love children. My mom is an elementary school teacher and I’ve been fortunate enough to help her in her classroom this year and be around them. I really enjoyed it,” she said.
At Lowry, Kepa also ran track for one year, but stopped due to a hip injury. She completed three years on varsity volleyball and two on varsity basketball.