Kamau sisters using beach volleyball background to give Ames a spark

Kamau sisters using beach volleyball background to give Ames a spark

Malina and Paulena Kamau are bringing a unique perspective to the Ames volleyball program.

The sisters moved to Ames from Fort Collins, Colorado, where they attended Fossil Ridge High School. They started playing volleyball in middle school, but really got into the sport in high school.

Ames' Paulena Kamau (10), Ames' Malina Kamau (4) and Jude Spillers talk during the third set of a victory over Woodward-Granger at the Harrison Barnes Court and Gymnasium on Thursday.  The Kamau sisters' experience in sand volleyball has made them valuable additions to the Little Cyclone volleyball team.

But instead of focusing on playing with four other teammates in a gym, they played together out on the beach. The duo was part of an Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) sand volleyball club team.

Sand volleyball is a 2-on-2 sport. That requires each athlete to be versatile as volleyball players and that is what the Kamau sisters bring to the court for Ames this season.

“Obviously in doubles you’ve got to cover more court, so they’re very multitalented,” Ames head coach Meg Williams said. “They can hit, they can set and they can pass.”

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