|Club||Melissa Gilbert||SPVB 15 National||Birmingham||Al|
|High School||Tonya Helm|
|Primary Position||Outside Hitter|
|Secondary Positions||RS, DS, MB, UH|
Middle School team won county championship two years in a row.
I also play volleyball on a club team called Southern Performance Volleyball Academy. I was 13 and moved to the 15 National team.
I was so excited to make Varsity as a freshman at Mortimer Jordan High School on both the Volleyball and Basketball teams. I set myself a goal to be a freshman on the Varsity Volleyball team and worked very hard in club ball as well as home to achieve my goal. I'm very proud to say that I was the only freshman to achieve such an honor. Even though my dearest friends were on another team I wanted to reach my goal more than I let myself be intimidated. I admit playing with a team with so much talent and only one or two teammates that would recognize me was scary but I wanted to reach my goal. I’m so glad I didn’t let any fear of not being accepted stop me from reaching my goal. We had a great season. We grew close and supported each other like all teams should. I loved being part of that team, not only were we the County Champions but we played at Regionals for the first time in 13 years. Every player had great talent and I’m so thankful to have been a part of that team. I also have a yearly membership to AAU.
Great question for me. I played softball most of my life. I pitched and played first base. When My season ended I realized I wanted to try basketball and I was talented. I started volleyball in middle school and realized I loved it! My Dad was a star basketball player and my Mom was an amazing softball player, so I love that I found something I alone excelled at. I had to give up softball which disappointed my Mom but she knew I was better suited for volleyball. I still love and play basketball for my school, but I’m a volleyball player. It takes a lot to get noticed especially as a female volleyball player. I appreciate all the views, follows, and emails from every college coach. Thank you so much for your time.
I’ve received so much great advice from Southern Performance Volleyball Academy, my travel volleyball team. They make sure you practice hard, play hard, and give a great guide to follow to be the best player possible. It’s very detailed about what to eat, which foods to stay away from, and when’s the best time to hydrate. You have to be committed to keep up with these girls. With so much talent on one team you can’t play halfway. Our coaches teach us if you’re not willing to play 100% there’s another one that will. I also have my own workout I do at home. I’m going to play college volleyball whatever it takes.
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