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 By: Alondra Olmos

 

Isabel Gonzalez has always enjoyed the idea of playing a sport. She took an interest in volleyball her freshman year when she tried out for our school’s volleyball team. When asked what interests her about the sport she states, “It would have to be the complexity and the teamwork.” Other than being on our school’s team, she recently joined a club in which she plays with 18 year olds. Isabel says this has improved her skills because the team is more advanced.

Although Isabel is self-motivated, she says, “My motivation would have to be my dad because he taught me how to love the sport and treat it as a passion rather than a hobby and he was there for me every step of the way and still is. He’s more like a mentor when it comes to sports.” She admits volleyball may only have begun as a hobby but, “after a few years of playing, it became a passion and I never wanted to stop.”

Some advice Isabel suggests to incoming freshman, or underclassmen that are thinking of trying out are to come prepared to sweat and work hard. She also says you should always give it your all when on the court. Isabel said, “Be yourself and don’t be afraid to ask questions, this will benefit you in finding out what you can improve on that will give you a better chance at making the team.”