|Club||Trish O'Driscoll||AZ Desert Sky 17 National||Phoenix||Az|
|High School||Annie Williams|
2017 AAU Volleyball Academic All-American Award; 2016 USAV Nationals – 10th place finish in USA division; 2016 SoCal JNQ USA Division Champions & USA bid to Nationals; Spikefest ’14 Middle School Tourney All-Team
This year we ran a 6-2 offense on my 17's club team and I primarily played back row setter. Occasionally, I would play middle back as a DS. I can also run a 5-1 offense.
I love sports, so during my free time I will work out, play street hockey, hike or watch Nascar or football. I am also treasurer this year of my chapter of NCL (National Charity League - which is a mother/daughter service organization). My faith and church are also very important to me.
As I mentioned before I love sports. I started early at the age of 3 in karate and gymnastics. It is here where I learned discipline and dedication. At a young age, I thrived on competition, winning the level 4 NM state vaulting champion title in the third grade, but I found my true passion in volleyball. I love everything about it... from the pace of action to the camaraderie with my team and coaches. I want to continue this passion into college and continue to grow into the player I know I can become under the right college coach.
I think I have always been drawn to leadership roles, but it's learning how to be a good leader that is important to me. Anyone can be in charge, but when I lead I want to earn trust and respect from those I am working with. I feel that the setting and DS positions are a natural fit for a natural born leader. I have been a captain several times throughout my volleyball career, but it wasn't until this year during my 17's club season at KCVA when I learned what that responsibility really meant. I learned that the most important thing to being a good leader is to lift your teammates up through positive encouragement and mutual respect, especially when you are losing. I try to demonstrate in my role as court leader that although we always want to win, at the end of the day, no matter what, we are still a united team. Off the court, I try to be a leader in everything else I do from the classroom to the organizations I belong to. I try to lead by the example I want to set, through hard work and discipline anything can be achieved.
I try to pursue "healthy athletic performance" as a student athlete by understanding balance. To be a good athlete, I try to balance training in the gym with a strong-work ethic in the weight-room. I know I won't be any good to any team, if I am injured, so I try to stay strong and conditioned, which isn't always easy with year around volleyball. I also know that in order to be at top shape, I have to balance working out with giving my body a chance to recoup and rest. I know that I won't be at my best playing ability without it. I do this by participating in other activities that also give me a sense of purpose or by just chilling and watching Netflix. Balancing my volleyball with school can be tricky because I am on other peoples' timetables, but by utilizing good time management I can stay on track and get it all done. This method serves me well to stay a healthy athlete and strong academically.
Giving back is very important to me and something my mom has taught me since I was a young girl in girl scouts. I learned then how blessed I was coming from a stable family who didn't have to struggle to put a meal on the table or worry about a roof over their head. My first big community service project was in 5th grade when I put together birthday boxes for children living in a local shelter from then on I was always looking out for ways I could give back. Currently, I participate in 5 extra-curricular organizations or clubs where community service is a major part of what we do. My volunteering has allowed me to distribute clothes and necessities to the homeless in downtown Phoenix to volunteering at Cancer events to working with the Animal Rescue League and Salvation Army. By giving back I feel that I get so much more back and it allows be to be humble and grateful for what I have.
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