My name is Sydney Howie, and I am a libero at Alcorn Central High School and also in club ball. My collegiate goals would be to play at a very competitive college. I would be a great candidate for your team because I’m very flexible, determined, and self-disciplined.I’m known for being a loud and a very supportive teammate on the court. As a young athlete, I want to continue to climb and get better over the course of my career. I give my all in practice and on the court.
When I was in the seventh grade my friends introduced me to volleyball. We were playing outside in our backyard. At the time, I really didn’t like the sport. It seemed very boring to me. Every time they came over, they only wanted to play volleyball. I decided to go to a couple of practices and watch. To me, volleyball was just my second sport. I really thought basketball was my main goal. After I started becoming more familiar with correct techniques, I grew to like it more. I ended up trying out and making the team. I did not fall in love with volleyball until I played my first year of travel ball. Instantly I gave up basketball and committed to volleyball.
Through this sport, I have realized that I am a people person. I love helping people and supporting them. Volleyball also taught me that it is more than just a team, it is a family. There is something so unique about the volleyball community that brings people in.
This past year, I was having a really hard time passing. It started going downhill before our division games. My coach was working with me nonstop to help me improve my serve-receive passing. I ended up contacting my coach and asking to help me after practice and during my break at school. The more practice and work I put in the better my passing got.
The difference between other athletes and me would be my mentality. I strongly believe volleyball is not a physical sport, but a mental sport. When players make one or two mistakes, it often gets in there head. As a teammate, I maintain a supportive attitude on and off the court. The support the team is receiving helps boost their confidence and allows them to maintain their composure.
As a freshman in high school, I would like to maintain a gpa 3.5 or higher. At the moment, it is 3.7, and I would like to advance to a 3.9 or 4.0. I am currently in The National Honor Society, Beta Club, and straight A Honor Roll. As I continue in my high school path, I would like to keep up my grades and be a great student. One day, I would like to major in Law Enforcement. It would be a dream to become a FBI Agent. On the side, I would love to have my own travel ball team or just teach kids how to play volleyball so they can learn to love the sport as much as I do.