My name is Kaitlyn Gotsch, I graduate in 2023, and I'm 6’3 with a wingspan of 6’7. My volleyball career started in the spring of 7th grade, with a 3-month league at Sky-High. I knew I loved volleyball as soon as I was thrown onto that little team. The environment of the people involved in the sport I feel like is a one-of-a-kind thing. Everyone must truly work together to succeed, which for me was lacking when I played basketball. That love for the game is what has driven me through, even when I was the new player in town, behind in skills, and struggling with confidence.
The covid pandemic was hard for a lot of people, including myself, but I used volleyball as my anchor. Despite not being able to do much teamwork I worked extra hard on myself, finding new ways to build up my speed & strength. I also tried finding coaches whenever possible that would be open to doing a private. The extra time covid gave me was something that truly was a blessing in disguise as I was able to improve my vertical by about 5 inches during that time and I continued to work on it allowing me to reach my goal of touching 10 feet the beginning of my Junior club season. I also was able to grow my self-confidence and figure out what kind of player I was and where I wanted to be. I am a player that will always be there for her teammates on and off the court. I will always be pushing myself to get better and be putting in the work outside of the normal hours.
When I first go to visit a college, I want to make sure that I love the environment and can tell right away that the team is going to be my second family. My academic goals for high school are to maintain a 90 and above in all my classes even when I continue to pursue AP credits. I also still have to find a major that interests me so I'm trying to get as much exposure as I can in high school. In college, I want to keep a high level of academic challenges, academic success, and play at the highest level possible.