While in intermediate school, I decided to give up competitive cheer to branch out and try new things. I knew as soon as I picked up a volleyball, I had found my new passion. I played rec ball up until the time to try out for school ball. I was fortunate enough to be the only seventh grader to make the eighth grade team. I started my school volleyball team career as a libero alongside other players that were bigger, faster and more experienced than me. This taught me a valuable lesson. Nothing would be given to me and I must earn not only playing time, but the respect of my teammates. This also showed me the need to work harder in the offseason to prepare myself for the regular season.
I was called up to the varsity team at the end of my ninth grade year. My team made it to the final four in the state playoffs and I gained valuable experience playing in front of large, noisy crowds. As I grew in experience, I also grew physically. My sophomore year began with me being the starting outside hitter and back row middle for the Lindsay Lane Christian Academy varsity volleyball team. Although our season ended earlier than I would have liked, again a valuable lesson was learned and more experience was gained. One cannot be satisfied with past success and must continue to work hard to be more successful in the future.
My work in the offseason includes playing club volleyball and personal workouts with a trainer to increase my strength and jumping ability. I have had an opportunity to play against great competition not only in practice, but in tournaments as well. I have been asked to play every position on the floor, showing not only my versatility, but my willingness to play any position to help my team. In order to be able to play at the next level, I am willing to do anything to help my team in any way possible.
As dedicated as I am to volleyball, I am equally, if not more, dedicated to my academics. I want to attend a college that not only challenges me athletically, but also academically. I realize that volleyball may not always be there, but a college education is something that can’t be taken away from me. I want a college experience that creates friendships and memories that last a lifetime.