My name is Colby Feldman. I’m currently a starting Middle Blocker and I am developing my Rightside skills in order to become a better utility player. I began volleyball at my school in 6th grade. I earned an award for outstanding attitude and knowledge of the game, and I fell in love with the sport. So, during my 8th grade year, I joined and devoted my time to a local club team. The experience helped me improve as a whole person in many aspects of my life. At first, I wasn’t the best middle in club, and had a lot to learn during my first year of competitive play. A turning point that helped me to grow was in the middle of the season when I asked my coach, “Am I improving?”, she said no and that I had to do better. With the honest feedback, I felt determined. So I did the work and put in the extra hours every night. I learned about balancing my time with my academic workload. Near the end of the season my coach was telling the setters to set me, and when the season concluded I continued to work into the summer. During those camps there was a lot of error, but from each failure I learned. I learned to become very coachable and now it’s one of my strengths. By the end of that year, I was the only person from my team who was selected to advance from the B team to the A team. I also became the only freshman out of 20 to make the cut for my school's Varsity team and became a starter. Without trial and error, I would never be where I am today.
Outside of volleyball I also take pride in my activities off the court. My competitive drive also translates to my dedication to academics. I’ve had a 3.9-4.0 GPA since 6th grade and set goals for myself to work smarter and harder. At my school I also surround myself with peers who help push me and we help each other to grow. My school also offers many opportunities for me to participate in extracurriculars. I joined three clubs this year and have been a part of my school chorus since I was little. Outside of school I also have participated in helping with my community. I have worked with animal shelters, The St. Baldrick’s foundation to raise money and awareness to fight children’s cancer, and other activities to help give back to my community.
Whether on or off the court, my biggest supporters and inspirations have always been my parents. They both came from humble beginnings and used their opportunities and worked hard through high school and college. This lead to them attending medical and graduate schools to support the community. I aspire to do the same. They’ve supported and encouraged me from the start and I want to work just as hard as they did to achieve my goals and give back to my community. Volleyball has become my priority and I am not afraid to put in the work and discipline to become a successful college student athlete.