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IHSA Regional 2005


Volleyball Quotes

Dreams On The Court
"Looking through the net, the sound around me begins to fade. As the first whistle blows, my purpose in life is altered. 

My existence here on Earth is now being evaluated through a single struggle: Staying between the ball and the floor. Though a constant struggle, it is a struggle I love to win, and will win. I, achieve this through stealing victories from a floor that doesn't know limits to greed. 

In a game of anticipation and quick reactions, I cannot allow the ball to hit the floor. I drum up all of my will and energy to get to every ball, remembering that saving a ball is like keeping a dream alive. I push my body to reach as far as it can reach, jump as high as it can jump, dive as far as it can dive, reminding myself that this is a small price to pay for a game that has given me so much. And when my body hits the floor so the ball does not, I realize I have won the battle. 

As the last whistle blows and the game has ended, I glare back at the lonely ball, grateful that it will soon join me again in my Dreams On The Court."

I believe in PURE volleyball
Attitude + Altitude = SUCCESS
I believe in HARDWOOD courts
The team with the most floor burn- WINS
Forget the coin toss
I want to see a joust serve
I believe nothing easy is worth HAVING
I believe in being in a hitters ally, NOT a poser in knee pads.
I believe in the let serve, or any good tape shot that runs down the net.


- I Team -
They told me there is no "I" in team
-I am an athlete
-I am an individual
-I am strong
-I am weak
-I have desires, hopes, and dreams
-I have goals
-I have fears 

As a team my opponent will never see my weaknesses
ONLY my strengths, NEVER my fears
Only my goals as they unfold before them.
I am not afraid that my team will see my fears, my hopes, dreams or desires.
I trust my team to an UNLIMITED level.
I am not afraid that my team will see my faults, because with them I overcome my faults.
With them I am fearless, with them I have hopes and dreams.
With my team I am not weak, I do not have strength of one athlete but many combined, focused, and dangerous to my un-united opponent.
I become my team, and my team becomes me.
I do not judge, and I am not judged.
I have a goal, and the team has a goal.

They always told me there is no "I" in team.
They were wrong...
I am the team- I become the team- the team became me. The team becomes an entity unto itself.
The team is strong, creative, compassionate, caring, authoritative, disciplined.
The team absorbs "I", and then there is an "I" in team. The "I" becomes part of something MUCH more powerful.
They were right- There is no "I" in team. But there is a "team" in "me".

Pain is temporary, but pride is forever.

Pain is weakness leaving the body.

Play every game like it's the last one you're ever going to play.

Sportsmanship: Play honest, play fair.
Winning: Out hustle and outplay your opponent.
Attitude: Attitude will determine altitude.
Intensity: Go hard or go home
No Excuses: Do what it takes all the time without excuses

Life just wouldn't be the same without volleyball.(Oh so true)

Natural talent only determines the limits of your athletic potential. It's dedication and a willingness to discipline your life that makes you great. 

Volleyball is LIFE. The rest is just details

A champion is someone who is bent over, drenched with sweat, and at the point of exhaustion... when no one is even watching.

Do you remember why you volley, or has it been too long? Is it because you've worked so hard to get where you are? Is it because you love being a part of the team? Is it because you don't want to let anyone down, or yourself? Somewhere behind the athlete you've become, the hours of practice, the coaches who pushed you, and the teammates who believed in you, is the little girl who took that step - the one who fell in love with the sport and never looked back. Volley for her...

Volley hard or go home.

Someone once told me that it couldn't be done; that I would fail; that made the victory that much sweeter.

Pain is only weakness leaving your body, so dont give up because it hurts keep going cause it makes you stonger.

What's the difference between boy's volleyball and girl's volleyball? -Oh ya- girl's make it look a hell of a lot better.

Volleyball isn't just an obsession... It's Life.

If there ain't any volleyball in heaven then I ain't goin'.

Winners want the ball when the game is on the line.

You can't possibly hit the ball if you are thinking about all the possible ways you can't.

Play with your heart and not your head.
-Tofer Ozga

For myself, losing is not coming in second. It's coming off the court knowing I could have done better.

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