Brazilian-born, Maria Joy Galles, best known simply as ‘Joy’ is a passionate libero and committed student. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Joy has grown up in a multicultural background and was bred with a strong affinity for volleyball and soccer. Joy was immersed in sports almost immediately, as her father was a former volleyball coach in Japan and enjoyed making volley a regular part of her life. Joy was competitive in both volleyball and soccer up until high school, where the two sports shared the same season. Her heart was with volley, so she went that direction, developing an even stronger connection with the sport in to high school and club play.
Joy is currently a Junior at Truckee High School in the Lake Tahoe region of Northern California, where she’ll be graduating in 2020. Joy is a high-energy individual with a very active schedule. In addition to Volleyball, Joy is an ASB officer, class President, camp counselor and ESL language instructor during the summers, and occasional volunteer at the Senior Center. By the end of her senior year she will have played 4 years of club and 3 years of Varsity competition.
One the court, Joy has a natural intuition for reading the ball and an automatic quick twitch response to the play. With her rapidity and shocking physical skills, Joy is not only an exceptional individual volleyball player but is also a terrific team player and enthusiastic motivator. Joy is strong physically, emotionally, and mentally, with one of her key strengths being the ability to rise to competitive challenges and excel under high pressure.
Joy’s drive is to play at the highest level of volleyball through college and beyond.
She shows strong dedication, getting through practice every day all the while keeping up with a course load that includes AP classes and SAT prep. Joy is a player that is extremely coachable and pushes to continually grow as a person and player; she is eager to gain experience in and for future matches and implement strategies that will benefit her performance and help the team win!
Joy’s experiences both on and off the court will help drive her successful transition to the competitive college game.