You can say that my volleyball journey to this stage all started by a twist of fate, when my parents missed the church volleyball registration.
I was often overlooked for the church 'A' team for various reasons, but mainly because I was a late bloomer competing against girls who were physically mature at the age of 12 or 13. But when my parents missed the registration for the 'B' team, I was upset and was determined to find a way to play. The only option available locally was to try out for Sportime VBC, the largest volleyball academy on Long Island. I tried out and made their lowest 14U team, the White team.
Playing for Sportime White in 8th grade gave me the confidence to make my High School team, which was no small feat, 65 girls tried out and only 8 freshmen were selected. That in turn gave me the repetitions and confidence to prepare for the 15U tryouts at Sportime where I went from the lowest club level team to the highest level team in just 1 year with over 100 girls trying out. In my sophomore year, I was captain of the HS volleyball team and led the team to a championship over our arch rivals. And soon after, I once again was selected for the Gold team at Sportime VBC, the highest of the five teams in our age group. This season, I will again play for their top team.
I have made it my personal goal to play volleyball in college and I’m going all in. This past summer, I attended 4 overnight camps, played beach volleyball and trained physically in the gym and technically with a world class player from Serbia. I also grew an inch from the time my club season ended to the start of my school season. So the player you see in these videos is still growing, maturing and getting stronger.
What makes me different from other recruits is that I’m still growing physically and as a player. I don’t only work hard on the court. I do three different volunteer programs, a student organization, a catholic current events group, two school sports and a travel team, all while keeping my 3.8 GPA. I now know that I can handle the demands of being a well-rounded student-athlete because I am already doing it and love it! I love being around people and staying active with people that share my passion.
So when you watch my videos and see me play in person, you will like what you see, but also imagine what I might look like in a year-- a little taller, a little stronger and still improving all areas of my game and technique. I’m all in and look forward to meeting with you in person.