I first started passing the volleyball around with my Dad and older sister at the age of 5 and instantly loved it. While growing up, I played other sports including soccer, baseball and water polo but my favorite has always been volleyball. My Dad coached my Rec team for many years and we often won or placed 2nd in the city Rec tournament in San Diego. I have been a starting Outside Hitter on my High School team for my first 2 years. My parents agreed to let me join a club team before I started High School and I instantly loved it. Working with experienced coaches and better players challenged me and made me love the game even more. I have a strong work ethic and always worked hard to be a better athlete and player but the club experience has encouraged me to work even harder. I never miss practice, I take advantage of all the open gyms and also do occasional private sessions with my coach. Last summer I spent a lot of time talking with and working with the alumni college players who help coach in the summer club league. I asked them for tips and advice to improve my fitness and my skills as an outside hitter and what it’s like for them to have to balance college volleyball with their classes. I learned that it takes a lot of time and dedication to do well in both.
I like to work out at the gym in my free time and I watch videos on You Tube of Pro and College players. Sports used to be my first priority but I am taking the advice from the college players and dedicating more time and effort to my school work. I know it is important to balance my time so I can be successful in volleyball and in school. I’m proud of my grades and the improvement in my game since I started High School. I will continue to work hard in both because I want to be a successful college student and athlete.