by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Soul of Photography

Dig, Set, SPIKE!


For Brennan and Peyton Wilhite, playing volleyball is a way of life. Their mother Carrie introduced them to the sport when they were in elementary school, and they have been passionate about volleyball ever since. Both young women play for Coast Volleyball Club and on the Cathedral Catholic High School team. “I love every aspect of the game. I love the competitiveness that comes with each match, and I love having a team that I can bond with and become closer to every day,” revealed Peyton. Brennan agrees. “One of the reasons I love playing volleyball is all of the friendships I have made throughout the years. I also love the intensity of the game,” said Brennan.

Names: Peyton and Brennan Wilhite
School: Cathedral Catholic High School
Age: Peyton – 15; Brennan – 17
Grade: Peyton – 10; Brennan – 12
Family: Parents – Brad and Carrie; Brother – Dillon (13)
Favorite Local Spots: The Ranch Deli and Richardson Field

student_wihite5Brennan and Peyton have both seen a great deal of success on the court, with Peyton’s club volleyball winning the silver medal at the USA Volleyball Junior Nationals in Indiana and Brennan committing to play volleyball at the University of Southern California. “It has been great having a club director who gives advice on my game and on college recruiting. Thank you, Ozhan!” said Brennan. Peyton is on the USA Volleyball High Performance Indoor Training Team, and spent time in Colorado Springs over the summer. “I also love beach volleyball and placed fifth in the AAU Beach Junior Olympics,” related Peyton.

Both Brennan and Peyton share their love of volleyball with others by serving as coaches of the boys’ volleyball team at The Nativity School in Rancho Santa Fe. They also give back to those in need with Peyton volunteering at Father Joe’s Village and Brennan at the Helen Bernardy Center for brain injured children at Rady Children’s Hospital. “I love bringing smiles to the children’s faces,” stated Brennan.


student_wihite6When it comes to school, the Wilhite sisters feel fortunate to attend Cathedral Catholic High School. “My favorite part of my high school experience is going to a school where faith is at the center of everything we do,” explained Peyton. She cites English as her favorite subject and especially enjoys writing. Brennan, on the other hand, loves art and the challenge of solving math equations.

Looking to the future, Brennan is excited to play volleyball for USC while pursuing a degree in broadcast journalism. Peyton has not yet committed to a university, but is looking forward to playing volleyball in college, and perhaps even playing for the U.S. Olympic team one day.