My name is Briana and I am a Middle Hitter for Columbia Volleyball Academy and Our Lady of Good Counsel High School’s varsity team. I strive to become the best student and player that I can be. I am determined to work hard both on and off the court, athletically and academically. Playing volleyball at the collegiate level would be the ultimate accomplishment for me. I believe that the difference between a “good” player and a ”great” player is her level of mental toughness, physical preparedness, and commitment to the game. While all of these attributes are extremely important, I believe that my mental toughness sets me apart. I’ve been taught, from a young age that though I may not be able to control everything that is happening on the court, I am in complete control of myself. Therefore, I aim to be a very positive and uplifting teammate.
I have played a large variety of sports since I’ve been able to walk, including soccer, basketball, baseball, swim and dive, track and field, and most importantly, dance. Over my 11 years of dancing, I have learned the importance of patience, focus, and communication. I believe these attributes make great players. I was very passionate about dance and assumed the leadership role even though I was always the youngest in the high-level classes. When the dance and volleyball seasons began to overlap, I decided to take all of the skills I acquired, stop dancing, and focus on volleyball. I believe in leading by example rather than waiting on others to take the lead. Not having a title like “Team Captain” does not stop me from supporting my teammates at all times or maintain control in pressurized situations.
I have recently been nominated for the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Award and won for my sophomore class. I consider this a huge honor and opportunity to continue to strengthen my leadership skills. As a result, I was invited to take part in a leadership seminar this summer. I have also recently been named to the Ultra Ankle JVA Watch List. I know it takes hard work and dedication to be successful, and I have every intention of giving it my best. I am interested in studying either law or physical therapy; both of these fields require rigor and determination, which I possess. I believe the skills I have developed and continue to improve upon will help me later in my personal and professional life.