I’ve always had a life-long love of sports. I played basketball and soccer when I was in elementary school and in 5th grade I played in my first recreational volleyball league. I continued to play basketball, club soccer, and club volleyball through my 8th-grade year, also adding track to my list of sports in middle school. However, soccer and volleyball are the same High School season in Nevada and I decided to focus on volleyball, although I continued to play club soccer and club volleyball the spring of my freshman year. I ultimately chose volleyball because I liked the challenge of how technical volleyball is and saw an opportunity to continue to increase my skill level and advance to the next level. Up until I reached High School, I had always been a setter, but the Varsity coach suggested I also try playing libero my freshman year. I instantly fell in love with this position. Since then, I have focused my effort and training on advancing my libero skills to become a college level student-athlete.
Being a student-athlete has taught me organization and time-management skills critical to success in college and my future employment. I have learned the importance of being a good teammate, giving 100% at every practice, and helping and encouraging others. Sportsmanship and leadership are critical to a team and I pride myself on these traits. I understand the importance of self-evaluation, and constantly ask questions and study film to see where I can improve. I also found that teaching others is another valuable way to learn the sport. I have helped coach youth soccer teams and helped at many youth volleyball camps. It very rewarding to share my love of sports with a younger generation and I enjoy doing this in my spare time.
I am very strong academically, taking both honors and AP classes. I am in National Honor Society and actively involved in all school activities, supporting other sports and helping our leadership group. I am also enrolled in my High School’s Sports Medicine CTE Program for the past three years. Entry is limited to students with a high GPA and teacher recommendation letters. This great program has spurred my interest in the medical field and I plan to study biology in college and continue my education in the medical field. There is a lot of overlap between the discipline required to succeed in this field and the discipline required to be a college-level student-athlete. I am looking for a program that supports my academic goals while ensuring I continue to grow as a college athlete. I believe my skill-set, dedication, commitment, and pure love of volleyball will make me an immediate asset to your team.