When Mizan Johnson was a freshman at Galt High School, her sister asked if she would try out for the volleyball team with her.
“My sister was into the whole idea of volleyball. I was a freshman in high school and she was a sophomore,” Johnson said.
They tried out together but it was actually Johnson who decided that volleyball was for her. Meanwhile, her sister lost interest in the sport but the Warriors had a volleyball member for the next four years.
“Pretty much, it was kind of by accident,” Johnson admitted.
That accident turned into consecutive years of winning All-League in the Sierra Valley Conference, during which time she maintained a 3.5 GPA from her sophomore through senior years.
Now, Johnson will take her love of the sport nearby to Cosumnes River College, where she will play volleyball after catching the attention of the Hawks’ volleyball coaches.
“They were kind of just watching me during my competitive season, just keeping an eye on me, and they just reached out to me and offered me a position on the team,” Johnson said.
With family her first priority in life growing up, Johnson thought of others first and, as a result, volleyball was a bonus for her.
“I would do anything for them so I felt like volleyball was kind of a selfish thing for me. I felt it was my therapy, it was something different,” said Johnson, who juggled volleyball with holding down multiple jobs during her last two years of school.
Johnson was captain of the Warriors during her senior season.
Her favorite part of the game?
“I think I just loved that you can smack a ball. That whole concept is pretty cool that you can jump pretty high. I like how it’s not a contact sport and every thing is through the ball,” said Johnson.