Position: Outside Hitter
My third year of volleyball had to have been one of the toughest. After losing in the first round of playoffs a season prior, I, along with another player, were the only returning varsity players. It was difficult on us because we had to start from the beginning. I earned my position as Team Captain this year. It was difficult because I was the liaison between our coach and my team. I learned to be responsible and independent because I helped set up practices and helped communicate anything our coach needed to my team. I had to be careful about everything I did because I was a role model, someone the girls looked up to and someone they could ask for help. It was a difficult task because it took a lot of my time but I took charge and succeeded. A lot of the new varsity girls were brought up from JV and they had to learn to challenge themselves and be tougher about everything because every pass, set and spike is very critical to the outcome of a game. Junior year taught me to be tenacious. It taught me to not give up easily because with hard work and determination, we could surpass anything. This specific year, my jump serve was perfected by Sherisa Livingston, who has played professionally overseas since 2002. She has played in Puerto Rico, the Netherlands, Indonesia, Spain, Italy Turkey and Greece. Our season went well, enough for us to make it to playoffs against a team we had played before our regular league season began. It was a difficult match because we took a loss even when we knew we could have done better.
Although our season at Canoga Park High was over, our coach took time to take the captains to the Division 1 and 2 Championship matches and it opened up a new goal for me. From that experience, it motivated me to make the next year's team reach as close as we could to a championship game. It made me want to work even harder to get there. We also got the chance to go to a Southern Section volleyball game; Newport Harbor vs Los Alamitos. It brought one of the best experiences ever. Watching those girls play served both as a reality check that I needed to work harder and as motivation to do so. It is a memory I will always cherish because I had the chance to be photographed with Kerri Walsh, a professional beach volleyball player who along with her teammate Misty May, won Olympic Gold Medals in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics. These experiences helped me fall in love with the sport of volleyball all over again.