I have been playing volleyball since I was in 3rd grade. It's hard to remember a time when the sport wasn't part of my everyday life and I'm grateful for the things it has taught me. First, volleyball has taught me what it means to be a leader. As a setter, I have learned how to run an offense, how to help my team stay focused, and how to overcome adversity. I have learned that being a leader is about being a good role model, on and off the court. Volleyball has also taught me about being part of a team. I am fortunate to have parents, coaches, and teammates who believe in me, challenge me to be my best, and support my academic and athletic goals. Just like no kill happens without a great pass or set, I understand I can't reach my goals alone. Finally, volleyball has taught me not to define myself by wins and losses. I've experienced both complete heartbreak and pure joy through the sport of volleyball. Losing in the State Final Four in 2018 left me heartbroken and very hungry to get back. That made winning the State title in 2019 even sweeter. Volleyball has taught me that the journey to State was as important as the outcome. I can't imagine leaving volleyball behind when I go to college. I still have a lot to learn and I know volleyball will continue to be a great teacher!