An Inside look on Standout Student Athlete Tara DeSa

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An Inside look on Standout Student Athlete Tara DeSa

Adorned with lei, Tara DeSa showcases her commitment to UC Berkeley after the signing.

Adorned with lei, Tara DeSa showcases her commitment to UC Berkeley after the signing.

Courtesy of Tara DeSa

Adorned with lei, Tara DeSa showcases her commitment to UC Berkeley after the signing.

Courtesy of Tara DeSa

Courtesy of Tara DeSa

Adorned with lei, Tara DeSa showcases her commitment to UC Berkeley after the signing.

Mahealani Deenik, Staff Reporter

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Tara DeSa, a driven student and outstanding athlete with a down to earth persona, is set to play Division 1 Volleyball at the University of California, Berkeley next fall. The Kamehameha Senior led the warriors to secure a State Championship in October against Punahou.

DeSa is excited to attend UC Berkeley, planning on majoring in Bioengineering because of her passion for biology and interest in learning the operations and mechanisms of the devices in that field. With her favorite book, All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, DeSa enjoys reading, going to the beach, and takes pleasure in eating during her free time.

DeSa describes her experience in the Kamehameha Volleyball curriculum as “life-changing.” Adding on that it “instills important values that many people wouldn’t get from other sports.” Tara began playing volleyball at ten years old and joined the Mililani Volleyball Club at twelve. DeSa says, “I come from a baseball family, so I was given the option of baseball or volleyball as a sport. I chose volleyball and stuck with it.” She now plays for Spike & Serve and has been a part of the KS Varsity Volleyball team for her whole high school career, serving as a valuable player to the team’s victory this year.

If you’ve ever watched her play in a game, she plays without fear—her extreme dives for the ball show her dedication and commitment. DeSa says in response to the risks that volleyball poses, “I like the bruises. I like battle scars. It’s an adrenaline rush.”