There are many famous American female volleyball players in the
history of the sport.
What I want to do on this site is to share with you information, from the
Why is it important to learn from other female volleyball players
One of the best ways to be and to stay motivated to excel at this sport
is to learn from the experiences, stories and even the mistakes
learned by some of the champion female players who competed
Whether it's something they say about the way they train, the way
they think, what they eat or how they explain who their heroes were
and what motivates them, we can learn from the habits of the world
class, inspirational female players that played and continue to
play and coach the game.
As athletes, we learn things in many different ways.
By spending hours in a gym with a coach, we hear them explain to
us how to perform a specific drill over and over again.
But sometimes, really understanding how our coach wants us to
This happens all the time.
may not fully understand what they are trying to say.
different time of day then for some reason we can understand what
they are saying right away.
That's the moment when we respond with the famous "Ohhh so THAT is
what you were trying to say."
Hopefully, by listening and reading about some of the lessons these
help you learn the lessons and tips you need to understand in order to
perform well during your volleyball drills, practices, games, tournaments
When I was playing volleyball professionally, I decided to ask
female players who were my teammates, friends and coaches
to write their own stories of the greatest personal obstacles they had
to overcome as teens or young female adults in club, high school or
I asked them to describe how that particular obstacle helped or
motivated or inspired them to become the professional players
Here is a list of questions these female volleyball players chose
to answer and share in their stories:
The players chose one of the following topics that they
personally experienced and described it in their story:
Were you ever told you were too tall or too short to play volleyball?
Did you have a coach or player tell you that you were too big or too
small to be on the court?
Have you dealt with eating disorders like taking pills, binging or
Have you been the first female volleyball players and/or only person
of your race on your club or high school team?
Were you ever told that you wouldn't be good at a particular skill in
volleyball because people of your race usually weren't that good at
doing that skill?
Have you had to overcome poverty or economic hardship in order to
play and excel the sport that you love?
Have you had to overcome homelessness, or alcoholism personally or
in your family in order to play, enjoy or excel at volleyball?
Have you had to overcome feeling isolated or were you treated as an
outcast because you decided to be one of the best female volleyball
players in your hometown to play or compete at a higher level in this
Has playing volleyball helped you to overcome depression or a poor
How did you feel about yourself before you played the sport and how
has it helped you gain confidence in who you are and how you carry
yourself on and off the court? What other female volleyball players
helped you along your journey?
Have you had to overcome physical issues, birth defects or abuse?
Has the physical requirements of this sport helped you to overcome
any disabilities you were born with?
Has playing volleyball helped you deal with divorce in your family, or
have you had to deal with being raised by a single parent or
sibling rivalry and how did that affect your attitude towards playing
player, she was determined to be an Olympian.
was always the tallest player on her team, until she made the
Olympic team, then things changed.
Despite having dreams to play in the Olympics, Debbie Green Vargas
skills since she was always the shortest girl on her team.
Debbie Green Vargas
Olympian and beach volleyball legend Liz Masakayan was raised in
a single parent household.
She felt that led to her compulsion to overtrain
and overperform in order to get her teammates and others to like her.
Are you guilty of doing the right thing for the wrong reasons?
Not all families members may be happy when you tell them that you
want to play in the Olympics. Mary Jo Peppler told her family and
Mary Jo Peppler
Nina Matthies worked hard to accomplish her goals. The founder of the
Women's Pro beach Volleyball Association, the first womens beach
volleyball tour admitted that she had very few obstacles to overcome.
One of three black females on the team and to this day still considered
the best female volleyball player ever was 6' 5" Flo Hyman, born in
Olympian Rose Magers was a teammate of Flo's and played on
the 1984 silver medal winning American women's team as well.
In 2007, USA Volleyball awarded the "All Time Greatest Player Award" to
Rose at the USAV Nationals. Read her story as told by her friend, coach
and mentor, Ruth Nelson.
In many situations when growing up, Laurel Brassey Iversen played
She had to learn
how to outplay them and how to compete against them. She did.
She did it so well that during her career she played on many men's
Laurel Brassey Iversen
Pro volleyball player, April Chapple had to overcome several
physical obstacles before being able to pursue her goals of making
the US National Team, earning a college scholarship and playing
professionally in Italy.
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