Play Hard, Laugh Loud

Kylee Field, an effervescent 12th-grade student and volleyball player at Cedar High School, is all about having fun while striving to be her best—in sports and school. “I want my teammates to remember that I was a good player and that I worked hard,” she says.

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Kylee, her brother, and two sisters were raised by two moms in Cedar City. She loves traveling and the outdoors. In her spare time, she rides dirt bikes and snowmobiles.

She was heavily involved in dance and cheer until sixth grade. “We really thought she would be the next Britney Spears,” her mom, Kathy Zeeman, says.

But her older sister played volleyball and so, being quite competitive, she decided to give it a try.

During eighth grade, she played for her sister’s 18 and under club team when they were short-handed, filling in as the libero, or defensive specialist. The coach encouraged Kylee to hone her abilities and play up to her potential. “I just really like the sport, the competitiveness,” she says.

Among her sports heroes is Analaine Pelaez-Mailoto, an outside hitter for Southern Utah University. The first Thunderbirds player to surpass 1,000 career kills; she was first-team all-Summit League three years straight. “She’s a really good player, and she’s a leader out on the court. She has coached me and has been a really good role model,” Kylee says. “It would be awesome to play like her one day!”

Though primarily a setter, 17-year-old Kylee also plays as an outside hitter. She was named most valuable player her freshman, sophomore, and junior years and is the team captain. Last season, she played a total of 50 sets and notched 291 assists—5.8 per set—25 aces, 35 digs, and 12 kills. The key to her effectiveness? “I talk to my team and control the court,” she says.

“She has the energy and the passion that we need on the court,” says Nicole Anglin, the girl’s coach at Cedar since Kylee’s sophomore year. “She’s a great leader. She is super supportive of her teammates, always willing to help them in what they’re doing.”

Ashlyn Ogden, who has played with Kylee for four years, says that she values her teammate’s outgoing personality and comprehension of the game. “She always finds the right thing to do during each play on the court,” she says. “As the setter, she doesn’t play favorites; she does what’s best for the team at the time.”

Anglin says that Cedar volleyball on the girl’s side is a growing program, and she hopes that they will be state competitors within two years. They haven’t made it through Region since 2011.

With a very young team again this season, Anglin looks to Kylee as a mentor who can teach the girls “how to play and what to look for, just the overall mentality that we need,” she says. “She’s a great asset for us in that respect.”

“Off the court, she is a friend to everyone,” Ogden says. “She is always happy and definitely puts forth the effort to make everyone smile and laugh. Her positive attitude keeps the rest of the team upbeat and encouraged.”

“What impresses me most (about) Kylee is her ability to make the best of all things and move forward with a smile on her face,” Zeeman says.

Anglin, who describes Kylee as an all-around player, expects the 5’7” senior to lead the team in kills. “She has the most experience on court,” she says. “I have high expectations.”

“She’s a great leader. She is super supportive of her teammates, always willing to help them in what they’re doing.“ – Coach, Nicole Anglin

Kylee says that she just wants to win some games this season. Her summer thus far has consisted of seemingly endless conditioning, workouts, and runs. Before a match, she practices visualization and listens to music while warming up; any genre will do.

She also plays with the Southern Utah Volleyball Academy, a club in St. George. “I just like being with the team and having fun,” she says. “It’s a fun sport.”

Anglin believes that Kylee will be able to keep playing at the collegiate level if she puts in the work to find the right place.

“Kylee is very smart on the court, and is an amazing player,” says Ogden. “I definitely could see her playing college volleyball.”

Kylee says that she does envision herself playing after high school and hopes to get a scholarship. She has a 3.6 GPA and is considering enrolling at Dixie State University or maybe heading further north, to the University of Utah. She doesn’t yet know what her academic focus will be, but has pondered a career in physical therapy.

“She can light up a room with her beautiful smile, blue eyes, and contagious laugh,” says Zeeman. “I believe she will move forward in life and achieve all her successes and dreams easily.”

“She’s going to do great things,” Anglin says. “I know she will.” • HSSI