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Grace Smiley ‘20 Recruiting Profile

  • Pacific High School
  • PACIFIC, MO
  • Women's Volleyball
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Grace Smiley's Women's Volleyball Recruiting Profile
Club:
Team Momentum
Height:
5'9"
Weight:
143
Dominant Hand:
Age:
16
Prim. Position:
OH
Sec. Position:
OPP

Personal Statement

    I walk up to sub in, waiting for my teammate to high five me as we switch out on the volleyball court. The sound of the crowd goes away and I focus on my setter giving me signals for the play.  I look at my opponent on the other side of the net that I have to block.  This is where I feel empowered, strong and confident.  Playing volleyball has built this confidence and determination in me so that I am able to approach most things in my life with this same outlook.  I wasn’t always like this.

    I first tried out for club volleyball when I was 9 years old.  I had played local CYC volleyball for 3 years and I loved it.  What I didn’t love was being with unfamiliar people in large crowds.  I was so excited to try out for Rockwood Thunder Volleyball Club and be able to play competitively; I was nervous to be in a strange gym with over a hundred people I didn’t know.  I was crying and scared and asked my mom to promise to not leave the gym while we were there.

    Currently, I play for Rockwood Thunder 15U Navy Team.  This past weekend we were in Philadelphia (I had never been there before).  My mom drops me off at the front doors of a large downtown hotel.  My coach had sent a text message about where our team was meeting.  I hopped out of the car, told mom I would see her in our room after she checked us in and I met with my coach and team.  The frightened little girl who was almost too afraid to walk into the unfamiliar gym to try out was long gone.  I leisurely walked into the hotel in a large strange city and navigated myself to find my team.  This is the certainty and determination that has grown in me since beginning to play volleyball.  This is the confidence and courage that I learned on the court and bring to the court each time I play.  The lessons I have learned on the court are now part of my everyday life.  I approach my school work with the same focus and determination.  

    Volleyball is where I found my strength all while having fun and building some of the best relationships, on and off of the court, with girls I have now been friends with for 5 years.  We work hard, achieve success on the court and have fun.  This is why I love the game of volleyball!

Athletics

High School Information

  • Years w/ Varsity:
  • 1 year
  • Varsity Starter:
  • 1 year
  • 2016 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #13
  • Individual Awards:
    Honorable Mention All-Conference, Academic All Conference

Club Information

  • Seasons of Club Experience:
  • 1 seasons
  • 2017 Team Momentum (17)

Coach References

  • Club Coach
  • Todd Lyon

Additional Sports

  • Track
  • 1 Year
  • Varsity Team

Academics

Grades

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High School Information

High School:
Pacific High School
State:
MISSOURI
Phone:
(636) 271-1414

Academic Accomplishments

AP Classes:
Yes. Advanced Chemistry
Registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center?
No

Awards, Achievements and Activities

  • Award
    • BETA club
  • Award
    • Academic All Conference
  • Award
    • All Conference Honorable Mention
  • Activity
    • Tribe (pep club)
  • Activity
    • Student Athlete Leadership Team (SALT)

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