To some of you this might seem like a similar post to “Bye Summer 2014” it kind of is but with a twist on it.
Beginning this year, I didn’t really have too many plans. I just wanted to play, get experience, meet people, get points and have fun. I’m glad I didn’t have too many expectations.
I did just that, this season was an incredible year for me I had a blast getting to travel all over the U.S to play the sport I love the most while meeting people and gaining points and experience.
The reason I moved to California in the first place is because I made the A1 High Performance National Team for the first time. It was a great experience getting coached by the one and only Jose Loyola. Having a consistent practice schedule, discussions on how tournaments were was very important to me. I hope I can continue to play in this great USA Beach Volleyball program for years to come.
During the Summer, I came back to Arizona to play in the AVP Next series which was four events. The AVP Next is a great program to give players opportunities to get points for the actual AVP Tour. We finished 2nd place in the series. Big reason to finishing second was because of my lack of preparation in a combination of not enough hydrating, eating and sleep which I’m working on. I’m planning on playing the AVP Next series again next year.
I got to play in 3 AVP Tour tournaments: Manhattan Beach (grandaddy tournament), Salt Lake City and Huntington Beach. The AVP runs some professional tournaments. They’re staff is incredibly professional and know exactly what they’re doing. You know you’re going to get the same amazing experience from the AVP each and every tournament.
I had the chance to play in 3 NVL Tournaments: Dallas, Ohio and Hermosa Beach. I had so much fun at every single one of the NVL’s. I really enjoy how the NVL runs their tournaments like everyone’s a family. They treat you like you’re apart of a family and all the pros are accessible. They’re really trying to grow the game.
I fell in love with the mountain tournaments in Colorado: Vail, Breckenridge and Aspen. I got the chance to play in all of those and each one was a great time in their own way.
Got my AAA in CBVA which was extremely exciting, I finished 3rd in two CBVA Opens. I was proud of those finishes, but now my goal is to make some Open finals. I felt like I’m right there which is very exciting.
All in all it has been an incredible first year traveling and playing almost every weekend. I learned so much this year I can’t even begin to explain to you. Playing in all these tournaments I realized how important the mental side of the game is as well as the physical part. I need to work on my mental game as well as LIFT. I feel like those 2 things will take me to that next level I want to be playing at as well as proper hydration and nutrition.
So now I know exactly what I need to do and the next step is to actually do it which is my choice.