Background: I have always worked hard from an early age, understanding that what you put in, is what you get out. I love to discover, learn, and explore; which lead me to self-discipline and transitioning that ethic into sports. I started out in gymnastics and gave 100% to each practice, tournament, and teammate. From daily practices to never-ending conditioning; I knew I had to work hard to accomplish my goals and dreams. When I got to a point where I realized gymnastics was not for me, I did not look at it as a failure, rather I appreciated everything I had received from the experience and realized I had a natural ability and desire to play volleyball. I took my discipline from my schooling and gymnastics and applied that to a sport that I have a desire and passion to succeed in at the highest levels. Regularly I hit the gym, watch film from my games, and ask lots of questions. Volleyball is not a hobby for me, but a passion. I spend a lot of time thinking about positioning, technique, and ways I can improve as a player. I have been to many collegiate volleyball matches to learn, study and apply what I see with my own playing, and hope one day to become just like the players I watch. I am fortunate enough to have been given the opportunity to play volleyball on the east coast as well as the west, experiencing two different teaching and playing styles. Although one thing remained consistent in both locations, my desire to play the sport and continue to learn.
Goals and Aspirations: My goals include playing varsity for the next three years in high school, continuing to play on an elite travel team, and developing my skills and abilities to become a Division-1 athlete. I also aspire to play for a Division-I college with a strong history of success, increase my approach jump touch to be 10'8", and become an All-American. I have always had dreams of playing abroad as well, and getting the opportunity to learn from coaches from different areas of the world. Being able to play every position on the court has also been a goal of mine. Not many players are able to say they can play any position, and do it well. I aspire to be different.
What makes me stand out: Often times players say they want it. They want a scholarship, they want to play D1, they want to be the best. However, the truth is most of them aren't willing to work for it. Most of them aren't willing to be disciplined and go to the gym, or work on what they aren't good at, or watch hours of film, etc. That's what makes me different. When I say I want something, I will put in my everything to get it. I will watch hours of film critiquing my movements. I will go to the gym, even when I don't want to. I will hit against a wall for hours, repeating the motion over and over again until it's perfect. I will put my everything into each and every practice.