The greatest part about the past 8 years of volleyball is the lessons I've learned through my coaches, teammates, victories, and especially losses. One of the many things my coach taught me during my high school career is that the word "mistake" is my friend. I was always above average, but my fear to mess up would constantly hold me back from trying new things and because of that I didn't improve as fast as I could have. After that talk with my coach, heading into my junior year season, I made huge improvements. Reflecting on that season that was unfortunately cut short, it is clear to me that the ceiling restricting how good I can be is a great deal higher than I had anticipated.
I was very lucky to be part of such an amazing program that taught me all the lessons I needed to get to where I am today. My coach taught me the importance of commitment to your team. My teammates helped demonstrate how much more effective a team is when the players are selfless, and how important it is to be a selfless teammate. The wins showed me that hard work does beat talent when talent fails to work hard. The losses made me more of a leader and taught me sacrifice. As a setter I understand the importance of being a leader, I know I have what it takes to be a leader on your team!