Hi Volleyball fans!
My name is Calista Kalishek (I like Cali best). I am striving to be the best Libero for the graduating class of 2023.
My love for competition began at an early age with gymnastics on a Trampoline and Tumbling Team. I am a natural athlete and developed quickly; winning local meets and Regional Titles in 2013-2016 and went on to compete nationally. Then I tried playing volleyball for fun and I instantly knew that this was my sport. The super-fast reflexes and body control required for trampoline and double-mini translated directly onto the volleyball court. This training also helped me to read the opposing player’s attacks. I like the team aspect of volleyball and how the sport also allows me to shine as an individual.
During my freshman year, I was the starting Libero and Captain for my High School Varsity team. I take the role of team captain seriously and believe in leading by example. It is my responsibility to stay 100% focused during practices and games while guiding my teammates on and off the court. Also, as a freshman, I was the county leader in digs per set and was selected by the county coaches for All Conference 2nd team. This is a personal honor for me and was made possible by my teammates and coaches.
Currently, I am on my third year of club travel and play for East Coast Elite’s 15’s team: Storm. I enjoy this high level of competition. As the starting Libero, I constantly work to better my skills and versatility. As a team Captain, I use my leadership skills to help my team play cohesively. Intense weekly practices and conditioning help me prepare for our local and regional tournaments where we often finish in the Gold bracket. I am confident of my skills on the court, so don’t be surprised by my streak of Ace’s and when I am set to make a Kill.
I try to take advantage of every opportunity to get more touches on the ball. I work extensively outside of practice to further develop my skills, so I can excel at the sport I truly love. In-between club and high school, I play beach volleyball and attend college training camps such as Gold Medal Squared and Nike camp at McDaniel College. I don’t make excuses when I make a mistake and I don’t dwell on it. I quickly assess the error and focus on making the next play better. All my coaches have remarked on how well I receive and implement instruction and are impressed by how I can immediately apply feedback.
I know it takes more than hard work, dedication, and passion to be successful at the college level. The best players are well rounded and encompass more than just the love for volleyball. Academics are equally important. I am looking for the best balance between academic excellence and competitive volleyball available. I am currently in Honors and AP classes while maintaining a high GPA (4.125 weighted and 3.75 unweighted). In college I am planning on studying in the field of biological sciences. Outside of volleyball and studying; I like to express myself through art, spend time with family, my cats and friends and maintain my trampoline skills. I also participate in volunteer work. Maryland high schools require 75 hours of community service for graduation. I have surpassed that goal with 99 hours to date.
I GENUINELY LOVE VOLLEYBALL!!! Every day I prepare myself mentally for the game. I have a “can-do” attitude and follow good habits to make myself the best athlete possible. I am relentless on the court and I know I will be a great asset to your program.