Position: Opposite Hitter
With dedication and commitment came opportunity. Every single challenge I put myself up to at practice rewarded me with a spot on the varsity team my sophomore year. It was a huge deal for me because through this, I realized how well I had adjusted and how much I had improved. I was the only sophomore that year who managed to skip the JV level and advance to a more challenging level. I went from knowing nothing about the game to learning how to hit line and to jump serve, both of which helped me throughout the remaining years of high school. I was intimidated by my teammates because all except one were seniors and they were more experienced. Once I got to bond with them, I left my shyness outside of the gym and worked hard everyday. I gained more knowledge about the game and about myself. Volleyball began to really be a part of my life. A lot was expected from me and so I had to work hard to prove I really deserved to be part of that team. This team taught me that trust was very important. We all had to trust each other's capabilities and work as a team.
This year, I developed what would become one of the most important friendships of my high school career. It was then that I met one of the athletes I admire and love. Melissa and I were the underclassmen of the team. She was a Junior and I was only a Sophomore. We understood each other because we were on a team that consisted of mostly seniors and we were somewhat intimidated. From the moment we began to work together, we knew we would be an amazing duo. She always helped me when I needed to calm down and helped me become a better player.