Heading into my 8th grade year, I already knew the starting goalie position was mine in high school soccer, and I had a shot at making the Varsity tennis team as a Freshman. A friend convinced me to join his Club Volleyball team, and I was hooked instantly. Flash forward to my Freshman year at Edison High School, and I was one of only two non-travel basketball players to make the Freshman squad and I earned the starting Setter spot on the JV Volleyball team (voted co-Captain by my peers) and was most improved player on the basketball team. I loved playing both sports; however, in the late Spring, basketball practice began to conflict with Club Volleyball. I had to make a choice. It was no-brainer because volleyball was my new passion. As a sophomore I was the only sophomore to make the Varsity squad. I received key playing time as a defensive specialist and was the second string setter (behind a senior), so I still received plenty of reps in practice and set in some games as well.
Transitioning sports was possible because of my coachability, desire to improve and competitive nature. While working hard in sports, I maintained a 4.15 GPA in high level classes, and ranked in the top 15 (out of 100+ students) in a competitive Model United Nations program. In general, I am a social person, who believes a stranger is a friend that I haven’t met yet. Volleyball is the perfect sport for me, because of the enthusiasm, intensity, team spirit, and strategy involved. A chess player my entire life (as well as a point guard, goal keeper and quarter back), I believe setting in volleyball is my natural position because you get to control the pace of the game and help lead your team.