I've grown up around and have played sports my entire life. I have 3 older siblings who played high school and college athletics. My oldest sibling, my brother, played D1 basketball at Purdue University as a preferred walk on. My next oldest sibling played Varsity Volleyball and has coached both Club and High School Volleyball while currently attending University of Louisville. Also, I have a sister who was a 4 year starter on Varsity soccer during high school and plays soccer now at Wabash Valley College, while also trying to be recruited to a higher level. Additionally, my dad was a Varsity Basketball Coach for more than 20 years in Indiana and played D1 Baseball at Valparaiso University. My mom is my biggest fan and supports all 4 of us kids in anything we do.
As you can see, my family has led me down the path of sports. I've played many different sports, but Volleyball is the one I love the most. My goal is to play at the highest level I can and still be successful and an asset to my team. I have seen what it takes to play at highly competitive levels while taking college courses, and I believe I can do it. I've witnessed first hand what coaches go through with my Dad and my siblings. I know what it takes to be a good representative of a team, and how important it is to be coachable and to learn from coaches.
One example of being coachable that I want to share is this: I started playing volleyball in middle school as a setter. Then, on my first competitive Club Team, at 13, I made the 1s team. My coach for this team happened to be a very successful High School Varsity Coach who already had another player as our setter, so he wanted me to be a hitter. I learned to be a hitter that season. The next school season, I was back as the setter of my team. The following year in club, though, I wasn't sure where I best fit, so I sort of drifted back and forth between both setting and hitting during club tryouts. Then, my freshman year, I was given the opportunity to go in for our senior libero on Varsity during an early season tournament where our team wasn't playing well. I never considered myself or felt strong as a passer, but I got in and gave my best. From this day on, my Varsity Coach has played me as our Varsity Libero. As a result, this is where I've remained in both high school and club ball. So, even though I thought I wanted to be a setter, like my sister, I listened and let the coaches around me lead me to where I am now. This shows that I am willing and able to learn new things and work hard wherever I am needed.