My name is Katie Denning and I want to play volleyball in college!
I was introduced to volleyball at 10 years old through my school , Weston Christian Academy.
I played soccer, basketball and volleyball during my 5th grade year. I immediately loved volleyball and I knew this was only the beginning of my journey in this sport.
Soon after, I played one season at the YMCA, then signed up with a local club (Wildfire Volleyball Academy ). I played at the State level that season learning the basics from my Coach, Yolanda Delgado, who is a former Olympian player from Peru.
That took me into my 12U season with another excellent coach (Albert Sturgeon) playing for an open level National team.
We ended the season competing at Junior Nationals and playing with the best in the country that year in Detroit and finishing in the top ten.
I learned at that moment how I loved the competition.
The following year, my 13U team continued to work hard pushing past many injuries, and we eventually qualified again for the open division at Junior Nationals in Indianapolis, IN.
My developing skills as a hitter and middle opened up many opportuntities for high school. It was my goal to go to the best college preparatory school and play high school volleyball.
I was fortunate to begin 9th grade playing as a starting Opposite for the Varsity Team at my preferred school choice : American Heritage School in Plantation, FL.
This was also my 14U Club season under the same coach as my 12U team, and we were ready to fight for another chance at Nationals, but unfortunately COVID soon shut it down.
I was disappointed that indoor volleyball was not an option for many months, but also very thankful that I had an opportunity to learn and play beach volleyball. It was fun to meet new players, compete and learn new skills.
I know I was so lucky as many others suffered. I was also able to begin volunteering at a local food pantry with some extra time.
I feel blessed that in the past few months I was able to play a school season, begin volunteer coaching at the YMCA with young athletes , and start my 15U club season at Wildfire. I also began working out with a gym geared to student athletes to improve my overall athleticism.
I love being part of a team and am always eager to grow and learn as a person and a player. I will continue to work hard as I focus on my goal to play collegiate volleyball at a school that will help to shape my future.
Onwards and upwards!