A TEAM EFFORT
On January 21, Peyton Suess sat with many of the best high school athletes in the area. As part of the Rochester Area Sports Commission Banquet. She was up for the Female High School Athlete
of the year award, many of her friends and family were on hand for the occasion and she even had a live television interview with KAAL prior to the banquet.
When it was announced that Suess had won the award, it was an exciting moment for the Kasson-Mantorville senior, but it was made even more special that her teammates from the K-M volleyball team were there to share that moment as nominees for team of the year. “It was pretty cool not just having my friends and family there, but my team was there because they were up for an award, too,” Suess said. “I think it really shows how [my] award was a collective effort and not just one person on the team.”
If you had a conversation with Suess throughout her standout career for the KoMets, you would know that this isn’t a random occurrence. As she shattered record books throughout the K-M volleyball program, she was always quick to commend her teammates for pushing her forward and making her a better player.
“I’ve just been really lucky to be surrounded by so many people that have pushed me,” Suess said. “Not just in this sport, but just to work hard. I don’t think it comes down to being good at blocking or serving, I’ve just been lucky to have so many opportunities with these teammates.”
Suess’ foundation came growing up in a family that is filled with athletes. Her mother, Sloane, was a three-sport athlete and played basketball at North Dakota State. Her dad, Bryan, played basketball for the University of Minnesota.
“It’s pretty cool because I always get the ‘Your so much like your mom’ kind of thing,” Suess laughed. “I definitely notice that from her side of the family.”
In addition, her siblings have also become successful athletes at K-M Peyton’s sister, Mya, has stood out with Peyton on the volleyball team as well as the basketball team and her brother, Easton has begun his own career playing football and basketball for the KoMets. Between the three of them, Peyton has enjoyed watching both of her siblings find success.
“It’s cool having Mya on my team the past couple of years,” Suess said. “It’s such a cool experience to share with her and it’s fun seeing how Easton is moving up too as seventh-grader playing on the freshman team. He’s in the big leagues now. It’s exciting to see where those two will go.”
As for Peyton, her senior season got capped off on a tremendous note. After becoming the K-M volleyball leader for kills and blocks this fall, she was named to the All-State team and was
a finalist for the Minnesota Ms. Volleyball Award. While her career saw plenty of wins and accolades, what she will remember are the little
things that happened along the way.
“It’s that whole cliche senior thing,” Suess said. “Looking back at it now, it’s not about we won this game or that game. It’s all the fun we’ve had on a bus ride or playing a game or a joke. There’s so many little things that were all fun. I just think we have a cool thing going on at our school. We have so much support between the students and community and every game is just a joy to go out and play because there are so many people cheering you on.”
Suess will definitely feel that support from afar when she heads to Wake Forest to play volleyball next season.
While she admits it will be an adjustment, she is excited for her time as a Demon Deacon. “It will be different,” Suess admitted. “I’m really excited to take that next step. I know a lot of people down there, so it’s kind of like a little piece of home. I’ll be so busy, I won’t have time to be homesick.”