|Club||Dave Weitl||U18 Adidas||Lynnwood||WA|
|High School||Taylor Forney|
|Primary Position||Middle Blocker|
9'7 jump with approach; 8'1 standing reach. I started playing volleyball one year ago and was really excited to make the top U18 team at WVBA...and of course, I was crushed when the season came to an end after we had barely started. During quarantine I've been trying hard to create as many opportunities to train as I can. Though I wasn't taking video during our tournaments in January and February, I am trying to get as much training video as possible and will keep posting. I have competed at the top level of every sport I ever played. I was asked to row on the high school team as an 8th grader and made every top boat my novice year. I played on a national level soccer team as a goalkeeper. I turned to volleyball my sophomore year and realized it combines the power and athleticism of rowing with the agility/timing/spatial awareness/defensive work of goalkeeping.
I'm a multi sport athlete being recruited for volleyball, rowing and soccer. I like to work hard and compete and hope to make big contributions wherever I go.
I have always wanted to play for the most competitive teams because I like to train with people who are as serious and work as hard as I do. In second grade I tried to play on the boy's soccer team because it was tougher. I ended up playing on the top club soccer team in my region for six years. When I started rowing, I was an 8th grader on the high school team and made every top boat. I loved the hard work and grit required to make a boat go fast. When I was injured and had to try a new sport, I devoted everything to getting up to speed as fast as I could, and I made the top U18 team at a competitive club during my sophomore year. Playing in college will be the ultimate in playing and training with people who want to work hard AND WIN.
Sometimes leadership is jumping in where there is none. During a bad winter storm in our area, we heard that our local women's shelter had zero food and they needed coats. I emailed our neighborhood and was able collect about 200 coats for Mary's Place, and picked up food donations for Sophia's Way, a women's shelter in Kirkland. Sometimes leadership is taking the initiative to do the work that simply needs to be done.
First, I train. I train to get stronger and I train to prevent injuries. I take all the opportunities I can find to get in the work, including lunch breaks for running. I try to carefully balance my training so I'm not overloading one part of my body. I also try to eat healthy, I avoid grains and sugar and really focus on eating healthy protein and fruits and vegetables. But I do like coffee and fortunately it never stunted my growth.
My work has centered on helping homeless families in my community. I make meals for our daytime shelter. We started out housing about 35 people and it has grown to 70 during Covid. They get a lot of fast food meals so we are so happy to provide real home cooked food for struggling families. I've also worked in the children's center at Mary's Place in Seattle, and was featured on a local news station helping to open an emergency shelter during a bad winter storm.
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