From the time I could walk, I was in a gym. Both my parents are educators and coached various sports when I was growing up. Playing sports is more than keeping active, it is part of my identity. I love to compete, being part of a team, leading others and learning. I love playing and competing in all sports including volleyball, basketball, and tennis. As a freshman, I was asked to fill a role on the varsity volleyball team as a setter-outside hitter. A senior captain was injured in the preseason and Coach knew I could help fill a void not because I was the tallest, fastest or most skilled, but because I have a high volleyball IQ and am not easily rattled. I was honored and was excited to play at a high level. We went on to have a successful season. I learned in that experience how to rely on others, to be a good teammate, to have confidence in myself and to be relentless in our pursuit of winning.
After many hours in the gym in offseason and preseason, I was able to take those lessons back to the team as a returning sophomore. Coach made me the sole captain and I knew that responsibility would be great as a young leader leading a young team. I found new confidence in her belief in me. We were successful in yet another season. It was this past season that made me realize that I wanted to play this game at the next level. Here I am at 16 years old and can not imagine a time where I can not compete in a game that I love and that has given me confidence, strength, and a sense of accomplishment. This year I am leading the team in multiple stat categories. I am hitting .400 averaging nearly 7 kills a set. I receive about 80% of serves and am second on the team in digs. We are ranked #9 in the state and I was recently recognized by the AVCA as player of the week for the state of Michigan. I continue to work hard and look forward to continued success.