A day in the Life
Division one volleyball has its ups and downs. There are so many things to be thankful for and be proud of-like the opportunity to play at the highest level, financial support from such a prestigious university like Drake University, and the ability to have such a strong support system from a team and coaches.
However, it also comes with many, many bumps in the road.
Waking up at 5 a.m. to kill myself in the weight room for two hours, running sprint after sprint during off season, going hard every day and never really getting a day off…and the list could go on and on-sometimes I have to take a step back and ask myself why?
Why? Why do I put myself through all the mental and physical pain? Why do I do it day in and day out, time and time again? Why do I stay late and come in early, just to do it all over again? Why do I let a sport control my life?
THAT’S EASY! Because it is so much more than a game. And it has always been so much more than a game.
I started playing when I was a kid, and then it was just because it was fun, all my friends did it and it kept me busy after school.
But as I grew up and matured, my game did too. I learned how to overcome adversity, communicate with people in times of stress or anger, push myself through drill after drill only to go on and play another- I learned the true meaning of competing, and I fell in love with it.
The hard process that it takes for me to follow is tough, and I won’t deny that. But the joy and success that I get when times are good and go well is the greatest feeling in the world.
There’s nothing better beating a team to advance into a conference tournament, or pulling off an upset on someone who the school you play for hasn’t beaten since the year you were born, or hitting a ball so hard that the floor shakes when it lands.
I don’t define myself by my ability to play the sport that I love so much, on the good days or the bad, however; that sport has brought me some of my happiest moments.
I am thankful for my many coaches, trainers, strength coaches, parents, family and teams. Without all of those people I wouldn’t be the person or the player that I am today.
I am so thankful to be able to call myself a Drake Volleyball player.