My name is Emily Tentindo and I have been playing volleyball since I was in 6th grade in 2017. I fell in love with the game after playing for my middle school, even though it was a challenging season. We won 0 games and came in dead last in the county. Although that season was not the best, my love for the game was solidified and I tried out for our local club volleyball organization, Shenandoah Surge. I made the 12u team and have played with my club since.
I am always looking to improve my game and fix every little thing that I do wrong. I would practice 7 days a week if I could. I love the feeling of finally nailing a skill that I have been working toward for a while, which keeps me constantly improving my game.
I’ve made some incredible bonds during my volleyball career. I have met some of my closest friends and formed great relationships with several coaches. Volleyball has changed me as a person by showing me how to be a leader and create strong relationships with those around me. It has also shown me that no matter how good you think you are, there is always something you can improve on.
This past season on my high school team, I was double rostered for JV and Varsity and played as a defensive specialist, outside hitter, and middle hitter. I was also the team captain on my club team this season, where I played as a 6 position outside hitter. Our team has brought home 4 gold medals so far, and we have one more tournament left, which will be the AAU Nationals in Orlando. My goal is to transition to a libero/DS, but I will continue hitting as long as my teams need me to do so.
I would love to get into an academically competitive college where I can continue to play volleyball as a libero/DS. I never want to stop playing volleyball due to the pure joy and satisfaction it brings me. Volleyball has been a huge part of my life and I hope it continues to be as I get older.