My Volleyball Story
Inspiring Stories by the Sport's Greatest Players

Volleyball Legends Tell Their Personal Stories of Overcoming Obstacles

Follow along as eight (8) iconic legendary players share their

inspirational volleyball story of overcoming obstacles on and off the


My Story: Elaina Oden

Follow Elaina Oden's story of her journey to accept that

despite not having the physique of the "typical" volleyball

playershe was determined to be an Olympian.

E.O Learned How To Be A Good Volleyball Player

Elaina Oden

My Story: Kim Oden

Elaina's older sister, two-time Olympic team captain Kim Oden

was always the tallest player on her team, until she made the

Olympic team, then things changed.

The Tallest Volleyball Player On The Team

Kim Oden

My Story: Debbie Green Vargas

Despite having dreams to play in the Olympics, Debbie Green Vargas

spent hours in the gym because she had to improve her setting

skills since she was always the shortest girl on her team. 

The Shortest Volleyball Player On The Court

Debbie Green Vargas

My Story: Liz Masakayan

Olympian and beach volleyball legend Liz Masakayan was raised in

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?

I Learned How To Be A Better Volleyball Player

Liz Masakayan

My Volleyball Story: Mary Jo Peppler

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

was kicked out. Read how she handled the situation in 

The First Volleyball Player America Had To Respect

Mary Jo Peppler

My Volleyball Story: Nina Matthies

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. 

Famous Beach Volleyball Player

Nina Matthies

My Volleyball Story: Flo Hyman

The first American Olympic women's volleyball team to win a

silver medal did so at the Los Angeles, California Olympiad in 1984.

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

Inglewood, California.

The Most Famous Volleyball Player

Flo Hyman

My Volleyball Story: Rose Magers

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.

Famous Female Volleyball Player

Rose Magers

My Volleyball Story: Laurel Brassey Iversen 

In many situations when growing up, Laurel Brassey Iversen played

with and against and was surrounded by boys her age.

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


The Girl Who Got Better Than The Boys: 

Laurel Brassey Iversen

My Volleyball Story: April Chapple

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.

I Learned How To Become A Pro Volleyball Player:

April Chapple

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