I started playing volleyball in 7th grade, after several years of gymnastics and swimming. Something about the competitive, team aspect of volleyball clicked with me in a different way than other sports. Immediately, I knew volleyball was my future. At the beginning, it was evident that my skill level was not up to par with many of the girls in my school’s program. However, I viewed that as challenge and it motivated me. I practiced with my dad in the yard and driveway, as much as possible, to supplement practices and clinics. I still do! Eventually, I caught up to my peers and got on level. I now practice almost every day trying to refine and improve upon my current skills as well as trying to learn new techniques. I have also been spending a lot of time at my local gym trying to get stronger physically. I’ve earned a spot as JV Libero on my high school team and am currently the Libero on my 15U National club team. I can’t imagine leaving volleyball behind when I graduate high school. It’s an important part of my life. Playing in college is a huge goal of mine. The hard competition, the family aspect of the team, and the potential to continue to increase my knowledge of the sport are very appealing. I consider myself hard-working and persistent and would love to apply those attributes in the college game!