By Ivette Alvarez and Leslyn Villalobos

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Volleyball is an Olympic and NCAA sport; a game played by people on indoor courts, grass, and beach courts. Volleyball was invented in 1895 by William G. Morgan, who initially called the game mintonette. Teams are placed on opposite sides of a net with six players on each side. They use their hands and arms to strike a ball from one side of the court to the other over the net. Only three touches per side are allowed before the ball reaches the opposing team’s air space. The goal is to score points by making the ball reach the ground on the opponent’s side of the courts.

            We interviewed Claudia Soto, a South Gate volleyball athlete. Claudia is a junior who plays for the varsity team. She initially started to play volleyball with her grandpa and then a friend told her to try out for the team and she became varsity. Claudia said her favorite position is libero “I like to go for the balls that get hit over the net”, she said.  She says the best game she’s played was “At the Hamilton tournament, playing against 4 different teams going to semi-finals.” These types of games make Claudia proud of herself and her teammates and show that “we work good as a team and communicate” she said. She feels that her biggest accomplishment thus far is “conditioning and practicing the whole summer fighting for my position”. Claudia believes her ultimate varsity achievement is “pushing myself in this sport.”

Claudia’s best advice was given to her by her brother who said “the greatest was once a beginner”. Not only does her brother give her advice, but he inspires her by always pushing her and making sure she’s focused on what she wants.

 

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