My goal for volleyball is to play in college, finding a team and a school that I love. When I am a part of a team, I look for a sense of community and girls that feel like my family. I also look to the coaches to understand me, as well as my strengths and weaknesses. I have been on many teams, both club and school, since I have been playing for five years, and I have noticed that if the girls are not all close, there is often drama that tears the team apart. When I am a captain, and also when I am not, I work hard to dispel any tension between girls. I believe that my high school JV team freshman year was a tight-knit group, and that was a factor in our undefeated season. Sophomore year I was a Varsity starter, and I learned more than ever that communication on and off the court is something that is needed in a team. While involved in volleyball, as well as band and theatre, I have learned that problems in performance, as well as in life, often come from miscommunication or no communication at all. Because of this, I like to build trust with my teammates as well as coaches so that I can communicate well with them, and them with me.
I have been involved in swimming for five years as well, and going back and forth from swimming and volleyball has both helped me stay in shape and helped me be able to adjust quickly. That versatility has aided me well on the volleyball court, allowing me to have the ability to play all of the positions, though because of my height, I have been utilized more in the front row positions. Perseverance is a trait that I value, after having to work hard to rehab injuries. These injuries and the time that they have kept me off the court have allowed me to realize why it is that I play volleyball. I love the sport so much, and am more driven to continuously earn my position on the court. However, I have learned that just because you are not playing on the court does not mean that you can't be a leader and a great teammate.
Academics are also a major aspect of my life. I take being a student athlete very seriously, putting being a student and my grades first. I like to challenge myself, taking honors classes, and I work very hard to keep my grades up while still being involved in extra curricular, including youth group, band, theatre, and Key Club. Because of how full my schedule often is, I have learned time management, as well as discipline.
I look forward to my future college adventure, combining my love for volleyball with preparation for my future career.