My name is Dounia Metje. I am currently 17 and attend Lone Peak High School in Montana.
Every time I step onto the court I practice how I want to play, and I play like there’s no tomorrow. I have played volleyball for seven years, starting as an outside hitter than progressing to a middle. I’ve been on varsity since sophomore year and have been team captain three years (for both club/regular season), as well as winning numerous MVP and other various awards in the process (ex: four coaches awards, two 'Spike for the Cure' MVP awards, and most improved, etc) I am a strong believer that the key to success, in volleyball and as a student, is a combination of strength, attitude, and strategy.
During the winters, when I’m not snowboarding and working as the technical director in the local theater, I am playing club volleyball. I started playing club freshman year and have played ever since. I drove an over an hour after school everyday to get to practice and games took me throughout the state. After three years of club, I realized there were peers from my town who wanted to play club, too, but the far drives for practice held them back. And since I wanted to spread my love of volleyball throughout my community, I coordinated with coaches, athletic directors, my high school, and others in order to start a more accessible club team in my hometown and successfully founded the Bighorn Volleyball Club.
My greatest achievement as a volleyball player was winning against a team my school has never beaten with only six players, including me, as well as winning a game winning point by hitting through a triple block.
During the summers, I teach elementary students basic volleyball skills in a volleyball camp, The Little Bighorn Volleyball Camp, that I founded in order to instill the love of the sport in younger generations in my community so that my school will have a strong future team. My experience playing for my high school, traveling club teams, the club volleyball program I started, and various other camps, as well as my combined three years as team captain for varsity (1 year) and club (2 years) have instilled in me the skills and mental capabilities to be a dedicated player, dependable teammate, and leader.
Basically, I play to win.