I have pretty much grown up playing and hanging out on the beach. When I first heard about beach volleyball, one and a half years ago, I was willing to give it a shot. I did a camp in Fort Lauderdale and met same girls that played for Team Sandstorm. I told my parents that I wanted to ty it out and within a few months came tryouts. At first I thought this would just be a summer hobby…so much for that. Over summer I fell in love with the game more than I ever imagined. I quit indoor and I was ready to take on the beach. From that time until now, I have become mentally and physically stronger. Not only have I become better at the game but I have built so many more friendships. These girls (and boys) at Sandstorm are like my second family. My first practice with Sandstorm will always be a day to remember. I came to practice with socks and that is how I got the nickname “socks”.

I couldn’t ask for better coaches. they are all so welcoming and they have really made a difference in my life. Sandstorm coaches definitely know how to have fun , but when time comes to get serious, we get serious. I can’t imagine what beach volleyball would be like without Sandstorm. I am so thankful for everything they have done for me. As Kerri Walsh once said: “you have to want it bad enough to suffer the losses, to suffer the obstacles, to suffer the inevitable heartache when you put yourself out there and fall short”.