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I am pretty new to coaching outside of spending a season assisting a 12s team and coaching camps at Stanford. I love breaking down passing and defense because these are the skills that focused on in college and grew immensely. I grew up playing soccer and softball, but in the 4th grade my dad introduced me to volleyball and that was it. I fell in love. I started playing indoor on a 12s team and played beach volleyball recreationally at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas every summer until I graduated high school. I ended up playing at WAVE for the majority of my club career and loved every second of it. In the 9th grade, I made my transition from being an outside hitter to a libero because of an ankle injury, and ultimately my height was better suited for the libero position. I played libero at Stanford from 2011 - 2014 where I learned so much about the game of volleyball and more specifically, about the libero position and the skills that make liberos great. While there, I had the opportunity to play with and against some of the greatest volleyball players in the country. We made it to the Final Four my senior year and finished the year 33-2. We ended the season with all of our starters gaining All-American recognition. Most of my favorite memories took place off the court and in the locker room. I would say one of my favorite memories was at practice. Inky Ajanaku was the culprit. John had just described a drill to us where the Middles were NOT supposed to block the hitters but to do their normal footwork. Inky wasn’t listening as intently as she probably should have. So the first ball was fed onto the court and the hitter went up to hit, Inky went up to block, and while Inky was mid-air she remember she wasn’t supposed to be blocking so she dropped her hands. Inky is tall and can jump high, so her head was completely over the net. The ball hit Inky’s head on her way down and the ball literally hit the ceiling. A good 30ft in the air. We took 10 minutes to get all of the laughs out. Some of my favorite games were (1) sweeping Nebraska on their home court (2) beating Florida to get to the Final Four (3) the Regional Final in 2013 against Penn State - definitely the most high level match I’ve ever been a part of. 12/14 players were All Americans.
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1 Thessalonians 4:11-12: "make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody."