I actually saw her play for the first time as a high school senior – by accident. I was at a match watching a few athletes I train, and she was a teammate of one of “my” athletes. I quickly recognized that she was the best player on the floor and have followed her career since.
This young lady has obviously spent countless hours on the court, practicing her volleyball skills. And, although she is clearly a very talented volleyball player, she has something more. I recognized four “intangible” characteristics that set her – and, I believe all great athletes – apart from her teammates and competitors:
Great communicator. Always talking with her teammates (and, occasionally, coaches) – positioning, strategy, encouragement.
Great aptitude for the game. High volleyball IQ. Has a “short memory” and doesn’t beat herself up when she makes mistakes. Trusts her abilities and skills.
Along with communication, like having another coach on the floor. Takes charge, provides guidance and direction to teammates. Never comes off the court.
Obviously loves the game. Plays with energy and enthusiasm. Always hustles. Never concedes a point or takes a play off.
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