Hard Work and Drive

Samantha - Grand Rapids, Michigan
Entered on October 12, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: work
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I believe in hard work and drive. This year has not been going so well for me because of volleyball. I am on a team with fifteen other girls so playing time is a hard to thing to come by. I started off the season thinking and being told that I was fighting for a starting spot but I soon found out that that was not the case. There are two other people that play my position. When I heard that, it doesn’t seem like a lot but I also have to consider the back row players, too. So technically I have four other people playing the same position as me. These people are hard to compete with too. One of them has been starting on Varsity for four years and the other is a sophomore whose sister is the setter. The girl who has been playing for four years is the best player we have, in my opinion. She makes little mistakes and when she does make them, she does them aggressively. The other girl is has a lot of chemistry with the setter because it is her sister. In volleyball, when you click like that it helps a lot because you can trust that person to do what you need her to do. Knowing that, it still bugs me when I hear the coach say, “Set your sister!” It is hard to compete with blood.

I came on this team wanting to play and be part of the team but when I started sitting the bench all the time, it hit me that I wasn’t going to be the star anymore. I had my turn on Junior Varsity but this year was going to be different. I tried to keep my head up and tried to feel like I was a part of this winning team but inside I felt like I was just a standby, a benchwarmer. I practiced hard but I never felt good enough and that attitude started to wear and tear on me and it was making me worse. I wanted so bad to show my coach what I could do but I was never given the chance to.

She finally started to notice me about half way through the season. She saw that I was getting better and that I was working hard and showing my drive to play. Once she started to notice me, she was starting to trust me more and play me more, too. I had patience, stayed positive, and worked hard to get where I wanted. I will have my time to shine.