Interview with Skylar Caputo

It’s time for another interview!! This month’s focus is Skylar Caputo. Skylar is a junior at Pepperdine University and competes for the Waves in beach volleyball. Skylar grew up in Manhattan Beach, California, where she played for Mira Costa High School in both indoor and beach. During the summer months, Skylar competes on the AVP Tour, where we partnered up for a couple tournaments last year, including snagging a 3rd place finish in Seattle! She has also represented USA at several international tournaments.
 

Skylar is honestly one of the coolest girls I know, and works harder than anyone I’ve met. It is a true pleasure to share the court with her, so I wanted her to share a little bit about her mindset, and how she’s gotten to where she is today. Enjoy!
 

Skylar receiving during an AVP event


 

1. How did you get started playing volleyball?

I got started playing volleyball because of my parents. They played beach volleyball with other locals in Manhattan Beach and I always got dragged down to the court. It’s a sport I have been surrounded by my whole life and became a hobby of mine growing up. Slowly as I picked up basic skills at a young age, I started to find myself interested in volleyball clinics and tournaments.
 

2. Did you play other sports growing up, or were you always a volleyball athlete?

I was not just a volleyball athlete. I participated in softball, soccer, swimming, dance, roller blading, snowboarding, surfing, prone paddling, stand up paddling, running, basketball, and tried waterpolo for a quick summer.

[Side Note: Skylar still paddles competitively, and is actively involved in many sports still. She’s a killer athlete.]
 

3. When did you know that you wanted to pursue volleyball past high school? What steps did you take to make that happen?

8th grade was when I realized I wanted to pursue volleyball past high school. In order to make that happen, I recorded myself in tournaments, made an edited video, sent out the film to coaches, and then stayed in touch with the coaches/programs I wanted to play for. Although I was planning to take these steps to play in college, I was always focused on the physical and mental development I would need to train before getting there.
 

4. Did you ever experience any setbacks on the way to achieving your dreams? If so, how did you overcome them?

I felt setback on my way to achieving the dreams of playing at a high level within professional tournaments this past summer. I was setback by not having someone interested in partnering with me or willing to take a chance on a young college girl. I decided to continue to train and have fun with the elements of the game that I could control. After a while, I got a phone call to partner with Sarah Pavan for Seattle 2017 and I was ecstatic. I got the chance of a lifetime and I am so grateful for the opportunity. In the meantime leading up to that point, I relied on my love for the beach culture and friends I have met within the sport to motivate me to continue to train with a purpose.
 


 

5. What is your fondest sports-related memory?

My fondest sports-related memory is getting to compete in the NCAA Beach Volleyball finals last year. Even though we did not win the match, a dream of mine to be able to play in an NCAA Championship match was lived. The teamwork and grinding mentality that got the Pepperdine program to that point set us up for the opportunity to earn a national title. That memory is engraved in my mind, motivating the team and myself this year to put ourselves in that position again.
 

6. What is one of the most important lessons you have learned during your athletic career?

Throughout my athletic career, I have learned that my identity is not defined by my success. It is hard to remember this daily, but I have realized that at the end of the day my identity is in Christ and He has given me the blessing to participate in the sport.
 

7. If you could go back and do everything over again, what, if anything, would you do differently?

If I could go back and do everything over again, I would have tried to train my left hand at an early age. I think it is so cool when players get up to the net and can hit with both hands.
 

8. If you could give one piece of advice to club or high school athletes, what would it be?

One piece of advice to club or high school athletes is that I would tell them to make sure you are happy. Joy and excitement everyday will keep you happy. Living a good healthy lifestyle is something I try to do everyday. Making sure that you are mentally and physically engaged on and off the court is what will keep you in the sport for a lifetime. Play and compete in the sport because you love it and it gives you joy to participate; not because you need to but because you want to.
 

Skylar and me after making the semifinals in Seattle!


 

9. What 2 things do you do daily/weekly, etc. that make you a successful student-athlete?

I am naturally a tight athlete when it comes to my muscles. In order to make sure I am in tune with my body daily, I am adamant on doing stretching exercises since there is a lot of training and classes throughout the day. Also, as a student-athlete, I cook my meals in advance so that in between classes and practice I have nutritious food to feed my body.
 

10. What is your favourite place you have played?

My favorite place that I have played at was Varadero, Cuba.
 

11. What are 5 things you can’t live without?

I cannot live without:
• Food! (almond butter, granola, dark chocolate covered almonds…the list goes on. I love good food!)
• Paddling (prone, stand up, and outrigger)
• The Beach (culture and activities)
• God
• My Family
 

12. What do you do to unwind?

I read, do yoga, or jump in the ocean to unwind.
 

If you would like to follow Skylar’s journey at Pepperdine and on the AVP, follow her on Instagram at @skylarmcaputo, or on Facebook at @SkylarCaputo.
 

xo, Sarah

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  • Ian Dyer February 5, 2018 at 11:55 pm

    The Dyer Family LOVES Skylar Caputo! She is so amazing!

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  • Shawna February 6, 2018 at 1:42 am

    Such an amazing young woman.

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