My love for volleyball all started in the third grade. As I begin to learn and build on my fundamentals, playing with other girls of different ages and experiences taught me to always stay positive and encourage others. Throughout my volleyball career, I also learned a lot about myself and that I have what it takes to be the best. In the past, I have struggled with being overlooked and ignored for being the youngest on my team. I compensated for my age and height by focusing on the unique characteristics that make me the starting setter for 3 straight seasons. I take pride in knowing that I have natural hands, I am the most efficient setter in my age and region, I always hustle for the ball, I am coachable, I am both a team leader and a team player, and I also had the highest number of aces this last season for my team. It is not always easy to balance between being a team player and the team co-captain, but I have grown to understand and accept that sometimes being a leader means you will not always be liked. I think being an older sister has also influenced me in a similar way. My sister doesn’t always listen to me when I am in charge, so for her listen to me, I have to know her and tell her in a way that she understands. My Dad played a huge part starting me off on my volleyball career. My dad introduced me to the sport and coached me for more than 3 years when I first got started playing. He taught me all I know and more than I should have known at the age of 9, things such as overhand serving with a regular ball and not giving your teammates and or coaches any bad attitude when playing. I have always tried my best to be academically strong and learn as much as I can from all my coaches and teachers. My goal for high school is to continue being a straight A student and continue to grow and learn to be the best setter for my team.