Spaethling started playing CYO volleyball for St. Patrick's School in fifth grade. Wanting to advance her level of play, she joined a local club volleyball team, Absolute, in sixth grade. Playing for the top teams from ages 12 to 15, Spaethling decided to switch club teams and join Vision her sophomore year. Vision is located in Los Gatos and in 2016 they ranked 10th in the nation, third in the state and first in northern California. During her sophomore year, her team came in first place at Junior Nationals, the largest tournament in the country in the national division.
According to Spaethling, club volleyball is different compared to high school because it is more intense and more focused on becoming an all-around better player.
“Club has helped me not just with my skills. Going down to the South Bay has helped me become a better passer and more aggressive hitter,” Spaethling said.