From ages 5-10, I competed in optional gymnastics. I also ran track in the 6th grade. When I began playing volleyball, I was an outside hitter. I also played as a defensive specialist, a middle hitter, then ended up as an opposite. I have been a part of the same team since 12U. We have been ranked #1 in our region for a couple of years and have made it to Nationals the last 3 years. Last year we earned 11th place in the National division. This year we earned 7th place in Open at Colorado Crossroads and awarded Top 4 Most Inspirational Adidas Sponsored Teams in 2020. Because I play opposite for my team, I do not play backrow or serve much at all. I am interested in learning how to play backrow and outside and I hope I get that opportunity in the future. I also work out at The Athlete’s Playground with my club and school teams.
I was always interested in volleyball growing up because my mom played volleyball for Boise State. A bunch of my friends played and I thought I would give it a shot, and I have been playing ever since. I have learned that there are always going to be people who doubt your abilities or tell you that you can’t do something. You cannot control their opinions or what they think, but you can control how you react to that and prove them wrong through the way you play or how you act. Ever since I started playing volleyball people have been telling me I should focus on being a back row player because of my height. I was determined to earn a spot in the front row and even though I am the shortest hitter on the team, I am now a starter on the front row. My club coach has described me as very athletic and a "go-getter". He further describes me as a player who has good court awareness, has a good knowledge of the game, and wants to get better.
When I am not doing something volleyball related, I enjoy camping, hanging out with my friends, and going to youth group. I grew up in a Christian home and these past couple years I have found my own faith. Having Jesus in my life changes the way I view everything. The way I look at it is that God has given me the gift of playing volleyball. So even though I am playing for my team, ultimately, I am playing for Him. I think that I have the ability to uplift others, not only in volleyball, but also in life in general. I am happy to be the person that people come to for advice.
I would like to maintain a good GPA through the time that I graduate. I want to get into a good college and push myself academically.