I started playing volleyball in 8th grade when I retired from competitive gymnastics after 10 years of the sport. After retiring I wanted to try every sport at my school to see what was the best fit. I tried basketball, volleyball, track and softball. I quickly learned the sports that I had no interest in and volleyball was not one of them. I learned many things from gymnastics that helped me with my transition to a new sport. I learned that dedication and hard work would lead me to learning the new skills I want to accomplish. I was quickly able to determine the "love of the game" with volleyball and the team atmosphere was much different than of an individual sport. I love the opportunity to work with my teammates, supporting one another and building each other up to obtain one goal. The environment of volleyball is engaging on and off the court. The pace of the game is also very different. It is very high speed, intense and always moving. I have learned that I am quick to respond and have developed the ability to easily read the ball, hitters, blockers and serves. My favorite part of the game is when it's a close match and the pressure of every point requires all members of the team to be in tune with one another.