School: Milford High
Favorite Subject: Journalism
Why do you play the sport of volleyball?
I was introduced to volleyball at a young age. I used to dance, and my brother started to play volleyball for the high school. Watching him play made me want to try it out. Years after starting, I quit dance to play volleyball full time. Now I play year round. It's definitely a team sport. Unlike basketball or soccer where one player can score on their own, we rely on the other five players on the court. It's really cliche, but we're a family. We'll always be a family. But that's what it takes to be good.
Why is 2012-2013 going to be a good year for Milford High School?
As a first year team in the Hockomock, there's a lot of new competition. We get to make our mark this year and bring everything we have to the table. No one knows how we play. It's great to have a fresh start.
What is your favorite Milford volleyball memory so far?
I can't say I really have a favorite memory. Since freshman year these girls have been my second family. I've watched them grow up year after year and I'm so proud of everything they've become. I owe a lot to my former coach Linda Zacchilli and the seven seniors on the 2011-2012 team, Chrissy Fraga, Brittany Hill, Lizzie Flumere, Carina Filosa, Reba Barrows, Kendall Lindsey, and Jill Glynn. As the only starter that wasn't a senior, these girls made everything so much easier for me. They calmed my nerves and made me a better player. I could never thank them enough.
If I had to pick a favorite game, it would be our last game of the season. Even though we lost in the first round of playoffs to Medfield, we played our hearts out. I'll never forget that.
What were your emotions when you played your first varsity game?
I was definitely more nervous than I had ever been. The court is like my stage. I knew I had to go out there and do what I do best, and that's play volleyball. My dad reminded me that I just had to breathe and play my game. No one could psych me out better than myself. I knew I just had to go out and play hard.
What makes playing for Milford High School so special?
We're a different school when it comes to sports. We're not a school that takes pride in one team. Each and every one of us athletes wears the red and white proudly. We're not just here to play. We're here to represent.
When you’re not practicing, what are you usually doing?
I'm usually playing more volleyball or hanging around. I'm a typical teenager. I spend my weeknights doing homework and my weekends with my friends. I love being out.