Breaking up was hard to do for Annie Kim, but getting back together has been that much sweeter.
Kim and volleyball are together again, a harmonious reunion that is commencing at Irvine Valley College, where the Lasers are ranked No. 18 in the state and Kim is a big part of it. Her play in IVC's victory over No. 7-ranked Fullerton earlier in the week was pivotal at a pivotal point in the season.
A 5-foot-8 outside hitter, Kim had 15 kills, three blocks and two aces while hitting .320 in the match.
"Annie's one of the ones that plays with a lot of fire, a lot of emotion," IVC coach Tom Pestolesi said. "She's one we can feed off of. And she's really athletic, really explosive. She can do some pretty spectacular things."
Kim was a three-sport star at Gabrielino High in San Gabriel, playing volleyball, basketball and track, and earned a scholarship in volleyball to Cal State Los Angeles. But her collegiate career almost ended before it even got started.