My love for volleyball began when I was just 7 years old. I attended many camps as a kid, trying to better my game. I was voted the camp MVP at the HOA camp in Salina, Kansas at ages 11 and 12. I have spent the last 3 summers in the gym at the University of Kansas, where I was honored to play up age groups and earn best server in the gym, 2 years running. My third year of camp, I earned the best hitter in the gym, award. I began in a small town club and in just 5 years I was offered a spot on an elite club in Kansas City, Kansas. My experiences in club at such an early age taught me a lot about composure, leadership, team, handling pressure, and the will to win. This last club season (2017-2018) my team did not get a National bid, however I was honored to be asked to play up to the next level in my club and attend with them. My team did well at Nationals and I got a solid offer to move up to that team for season 2018/2019. While I had to overcome the discomfort of leaving my team, I was absolutely ready to take on the challenge of the next level of play.
Through the game of volleyball I have learned selflessness. I have learned to put my needs and wants on hold for the greater good of my team. I have always had the opportunity to play 6 rotations which has allowed me to be who my team needs to be, when they need me. Transitioning from club to middle school ball taught me a lot about adjustment to the pace of the game, and allowed me to go back and be a leader at my school. I'm grateful for the opportunity to mentor those younger than me. As a freshman this season, club ball allowed me to become a natural leader on my high school team.
I have always taken pride in my grades and held a perfect 4.0. Academics and the passion to succeed in the classroom, has helped me stay focused on the court. I push myself, taking higher level courses, so that I can align myself for greater future opportunities. My goals include Kansas Honors Scholar and National Honor Society. My college career goals including earning a degree in pre-health. I'm super excited to continue to improve my game, and bring my contributions to the table, at the college level.