My name is Heather Holtz and I began playing volleyball in seventh grade. My passion for volleyball sparked the first day of middle school tryouts. I always thought that my devotion to the game would eventually settle but I still feel just as excited as I did in seventh grade. As my love for volleyball grew, I decided to devote all my time to it. Volleyball is more than just a game to me; It is a way for me to escape the world. The moment I step onto the court everything fades away. When Covid-19 tragically ended my eighth-grade year early, I took that time as an opportunity to improve my volleyball skills. During my extended summer, I focused on volleyball. I took private lessons, participated in workouts at my high school, and found creative ways to practice at home. Eventually, my extreme dedication paid off, as I was the only ninth grader on the varsity team. Although this achievement will not change the amount of hard work I put in to become a better player.
In the future, I hope to bring volleyball with me; playing collegiate volleyball has always been a dream of mine and a symbol of all the hard work and dedication I put in. Currently, I am unsure about what I would like to major in but I do know that I would like a career that harmoniously meshes my academic and personal passions, medicine and athletics. I truly can not fathom my life without volleyball.