The Free State Volleyball starlet Maletsatsi “Tsaks” Monyaki sets the bar high for herself as she dreams to sign with great teams in Gauteng after matric. Maletsatsi who hails from Botshabelo in Free State, is currently in Grade 12 at Lenyora La Thuto Comprehensive. Tsaks is having sleepless nights during this COVID-19 times as she wants to attain better matric results which will afford her sports scholarship to enroll with the Universities of her dreams in 2021. The talented Monyaki will be the happiest and proud of herself to sign with Wits, UJ or VUT. The 18 years Maletsatsi’s most cherished volleyball highlights was when she received a call from Volleyball South Africa to play at the BRICS and Region 5 Games. Maletsatsi’s true potential talent was uncovered in 2017 where she was decorated with the best blocker award at the National Schools Championships.
The Volleyball South Africa’s Media & PR Director, Jacob Thamaga had a conversation with her and this is how the talk unfolded:
1. What was the most remarkable highlights since you started playing Volleyball?
I started playing Volleyball in 2013 and my happiest moment ever was in 2018, when I was selected to represent South Africa at the BRICS Games and also at the Region 5 Games. My worst moment was when my two fingers broke during the 2019 National Top School Tournament which took place at Durban.
2. What are you still hoping to see happening in Free State Volleyball and SA in general?
Volleyball is not just a sport for fun but it also teaches people how to find different solutions to the challenges they will be facing. I hope to see Volleyball as a leading sport in Free State and one of the well known sports. I hope that one-day South African Volleyball Team can participate in the Olympics.
3. Where do you see yourself in few years to come?
To be the best female Volleyball Middle Blocker in the world is my desire. I know it will take time but I am willing to make sure that this dream comes true.
4. What can you say to someone who still wishes to play Volleyball but the person is still not sure about taking that step?
They should strive for it. If they really do love Volleyball they should join. Not to necessarily be like other volleyball players but because they love it and set their own path.
Maletsatsi Monyaki’s Volleyball highlights
- She represented SA in the following tourneys:
- 2018 BRICS Games
- 2018 Region 5 Games
- She holds 4 Youth/Junior Caps (2013-2017) and acquired the following Awards:
- 1 Silver
- 2 Bronze
- She attained Best Blocker Award at the 2017 National Top School Tournament
- She participated at the 2019 National Volleyball League with the Free State Giants
VSA Media & PR Director