Hello, my name is Audrey Pender and I am going into 10th grade at Shiloh Christian School, and I've recently transferred from Rogers High School. Due to transfer protocol in Arkansas, I am going to be playing on the JV volleyball team at my new school. I am currently in my 5th year of club volleyball, all of which I've played at Ozark Juniors, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. From the beginning of my club career, I've played as a middle, but, during my 8th grade school season, I played as an outside and team captain, and ultimately lead out school team to be conference champions. Although I would love to play any position on the court, I really excel in playing middle due to the extensive training I’ve put in to achieve the most that I can. At the end of my last school season with Rogers, I was pulled up to Varsity to help compete in the State Tournament, but, before I could participate, I got a concussion during my last freshman game.
Due to being surrounded by sports as a child, I truly learned to love and appreciate all sports, not just volleyball. I started playing volleyball at the age of eight, and, since then, my admiration for volleyball has grown exponentially. I approach the game of volleyball the same way I do academics, striving for excellence and discipline both on the court and in the classroom. My passion for volleyball stems from the companionship you can't recreate with your team members, who turn to lifelong friends, and the opportunities volleyball gives you for a physical and emotional outlet. When I have a particularly rough day, volleyball practice tends to turn around my mood and get me back on the right track. I pride myself on my dedication to the sport and my team, trying to never miss practice unless for an upmost emergent situation. Furthermore, I pride myself on my leadership and work ethic, on and off the court. This is demonstrated in my lifestyle by working out four plus times a week outside of volleyball practice. I have always been a leader on the court, and I am always getting better at being a leader off the court by being a friend to everyone. I look forward to my college education and I plan to pursue a degree in history, with a focus on going into law school later in life.