Both of my parents met playing volleyball and they continued playing for a while after I was born. I was introduced to the sport at a young age when I was 6 years old. It wasn't until my 12U year that I really started to truly enjoy competitive volleyball. Ironically, I didn't play much my first season, but it came to my realization that I wanted to play and be on the court with my teammates. I watched from the sidelines, waiting for a desperate moment when we could make a substitution.
From that season on, I had always pushed myself to do my best and to always seize the opportunities when they were offered to me in order for me to get better. Aside from school and club season, I had the opportunity to successfully tryout to participate in the 2016 USAV High Performance program, competing in Fort Lauderdale, Florida HP tournament and recently returned from the 2016 HP prospects camp in Arizona. This great opportunity has helped me take my game to another level. We placed 5th overall in the Florida tournament and I got to meet, practice, and compete with great coaches and players from around the nation. I apply this, seizing the opportunity, philosophy to whatever task I have at hand and put forth my full effort to complete it. I stay focused and complete all my tasks to the best of my ability. I focus on time-management and priorities, in order for me to complete all my assignments for school in a timely manner and be prepared for practice and games. This focus allowed for a successful JV champion school season and acknowledgement to the fall semester Honor Roll with a 3.8 GPA.
There are hundreds, to maybe a thousand, of other girls looking at settersʻ positions at different competitive levels in college. So why should I be your choice?
I feel I can be one of the prospects to have an effective impact. I am not afraid of high pressure situations when the situation presents itself. I've competed at the Junior National, Open, and HP levels in games finishing in the top 5 or higher as the starting setter. I take the challenge to carry the team on my back when needed, and not back down. Furthermore, I am a reliable team mate who will strive to make my teammates better on the court as well as off the court. I believe my first responsibility is to take care of everything I need to do outside of volleyball so my mind will be clear to focus all my energy and attention on my teammates and coaches during practice and games. I will respect my teammates, coaches, and school, which will always be at the forefront of my thoughts and actions. If I hold myself up with dignity and pride, I will ensure a good future for myself as a successful student then athlete. Live Pono and be Happy.