The summer of my Sophomore year I was very determined on making Varsity in the upcoming season. With my determination and perseverance, I worked extremely hard towards achieving my goal, signing up for all the camps and clinics I could, asking my fellow coaches for one-on-one training, and practicing as many extra reps as possible. My dedication to the game excels; I will work as hard as I can on what I set my mind to until I achieve it. Consequently, Sophomore year I ended up making Varsity as the starting libero. I knew I was going to have big shoes to fill, so in order to do so, I really focused on taking in the advice from my coaches and fellow teammates to help me become a better player. I thrive on bettering myself and I enjoy improving and learning. What I have discovered from my first year on varsity is that hard work and dedication really pay off, and that benefits are not just handed to you--an important skill to have on and off the court.
Athletics are very important to me, but I know that in order to be a successful athlete, I need to keep my academics on track. Knowing that, I take my determined and precise work ethic into the classroom to keep up my good grades, so that in the future, I can fulfill my aspirations of becoming whatever I choose to be--as well, of course, as a practiced volleyball player.
Inevitably, hard games happen, but when they do, I try my best to have my intensity level take control of the situation to support my team. I am very competitive, but I know how to take losses, because with losses, come lessons. When I'm on the court, I want to perform with perfection--which I know isn't possible--so when I make mistakes, I benefit from them by learning what needs improvement.
Wholeheartedly, I play with heart on the court always--one of the true enjoyments of the game, I feel. My teammates this past season have taught me to believe in myself, so that I have become much more confident, making me more of a leader, and overall, a stronger player through these important mental achievements. With having the opportunity to play at the varsity level, I have also learned an important aspect to the game is to believe in your team. Through learning to believe confidently in myself from the help of my friends and fellow players, I knew that if everybody was encouraged to be their best, it would help better the whole team dynamic, the way we play as a team, and more importantly themselves as well, especially from hearing it from another teammate.
From my many years of playing, I have come to realize that volleyball can be a very mental game, which has the potential to stress many out. However, if your mind is in the right place, your ability will not be held back, but will instead soar. I know I have the potential to play at the collegiate level, and I hope that, with your acceptance, I can better my aspirations, myself, and your team.