Growing up, I can’t remember life before volleyball. Ever since I was little, we would watch my cousins play when they were in college. Then my sisters and I would play at home pretending to be like them. When I turned 8 years old, I finally got the chance to play on a team and I haven’t stopped playing. I love the competition, working with teammates and pushing ourselves to be the best that we can be, and all of the other lessons that I have learned.
One of the lessons that I am the most proud of learning is, being a good teammate and putting others before myself. I am a gritty, energetic defensive specialist at heart. However, I have played on teams that needed me to play outside hitter so I moved to help those team. Just this most recent high school season, I played out of position to set for our team because our setter last year was a senior.
Also, last club season I had to miss a couple weeks with impingement syndrome in my shoulder. I wanted to make sure I was there to support the team though. I went to every practice to help out and cheered them on from the bench during our local bid tournament. I wanted to make sure that my team knew I was there for them no matter what. My hope is that if I do my part to put the team before myself, my teammates will do the same. If we all are playing for a higher purpose than ourselves, then we have a chance to be something special.