These last three years of my life have been the best years of my life.  When I first started playing beach volleyball, I did not think I would be where I am today. Through hard work and passion, I have accomplished and learned so much.  But I never would have been able to do it all without the Sandstorm Family I have become a part of.  We have created friendships and bonds that have enabled me to love the sport even more.  Playing volleyball gives me life.  It fills my day with joy, hard work, and fun.

When I am in the middle of a play there is only one thing I am thinking about… the present. I don’t think about the outcome of the game or how I’ve done in the past. I just think about what I need to do in that very moment.  Beach volleyball is a great way to get exercise, but it is also a great way to learn perseverance and determination.  If there is one thing that I have learned in these last few years it is, “Play with your heart every time you step on the court, because you never know when it will be your last”.

On the morning of a tournament, I try and stay calm and think of strategy. I go check in, grab a ball, and toss it around. I talk to my partner on what we need to do for the day, and we might play a few balls.  I call these the calm moments, where everyone gets along and is still sort of quiet. I like this time because I get to think and not be rushed, and I get to prepare for my first game. The atmosphere of a tournament is really what drew me to keep playing. I love the energy and the idea of playing all day. Although it may be hard sometimes, I love having to keep pushing through the day no matter how tired I am.

I know in the end all of my hard work will pay off, but for now I am focusing on playing my hardest in order to get a beach volleyball scholarship one day. Playing beach volleyball in college has been a goal of mine for a while now. As more years pass I realize that college is not that far away. I start to realize that now more than ever I need to play my hardest, which isn’t that hard when you’re playing the sport you love. I aspire to keep playing volleyball for as long as I can, because I really love the sport.