How I Started Playing Volleyball

Hermosa BeachWhen I was a Junior in High School I found Beach/Sand Volleyball. Not the typical way people find their favorite sport. I started playing what I can “jungle ball” with however many people you could fit on the court, didn’t matter. I then continued to try and find pick-up every day I could I would ride my bike down to the courts basically hoping someone would ask me to play. After I had done that for awhile, I made friends and played at my local park a few days a week trying to schedule games. Someone asked me if I had played indoor volleyball (which I obviously haven’t) then gave me information on a local club which I tried out for & made the team, but never received any playing time or much coaching in practice. I felt like I was wasting my money while I wasn’t getting anything out of it, I quit. I made some connections and found out about other parks around 20 minutes away and worked my way up. Never playing doubles, in December of 2010 I entered in an Open tournament which is the highest level tournament you can play in. My friend and I thought it was “open gym” so after pool play they dropped us to A/B, we then finished last in A/B. This experience playing against some great players and losing 21-3, 21-5, etc. and all the while enjoying playing really was astounding to me. I learned so much from that tournament I can’t even begin to tell you. I was probably extremely annoying to everyone there asking questions and what not.

I made some connections after that tournament (don’t know why they would let me play with them ha-ha but they did). Then started playing pick-up and working my way up in tournaments. My first tournament win was on 6/8/2013 which is when I made my venture out to California with my friend Dayton. You can see more about my time out in California in my post here. Don’t wanna bore you with the details. Lets just say it was an incredible Summer.