This previous season and year with Athena 15-Gold has been one to remember, not only because of my amazing coaches and great teammates, but also because of our team’s opportunity to compete at the Girl’s Junior National Championship. Having the experience of going to Nationals was humbling, exciting, and most importantly, super fun! It was incredible being able to play against and watch the best teams in the nation. There’s so much one can learn from others, and that’s something that was reinforced to me while in Minneapolis. The first couple of games were tough and even a bit intimidating because we were exposed to such a new environment. However, improvement was made because we overcame the mental obstacles that were keeping us from playing to our full potential. Everyday my team worked hard to find ways to hone our skills to compete against opponents from more advanced levels. On the court, there was a new and different energy that hadn’t emerged throughout much of the season. Everyone seemed to have a strong mindset and desire to give it our all. Being at the GJNC not only changed the way my team worked together, but it gave me a chance to challenge myself more and to continue to grow my passion for volleyball.
Emily Bunnell – Athena 15 Gold