Inspirational Volleyball Stories: Once upon a time ..there was a girl

Inspirational Volleyball Stories: Once upon a time ..there was a girl

Once upon a time, I was playing volleyball professionally in Italy in the 90s, and I decided to ask female players who were my teammates, friends and coaches to write their own volleyball storiesOnce upon a time, I was playing volleyball professionally in Italy in the 90s, and I decided to ask female players who were my teammates, friends and coaches to write their own volleyball stories

Once upon a time, I was playing volleyball professionally in Italy in the 90s, and I decided to ask female players who were my teammates, friends and coaches to write their own volleyball stories about the greatest personal obstacles  they had to overcome as teens or young female adults in club, high school or even college.

I asked them to describe how that particular obstacle helped or motivated or inspired them to become the professional players or Olympic players they had become.

Here is a list of questions these female players chose to answer and share in their volleyball stories:

  • Did the obstacle help you grow emotionally? If so, how?
  • How did it motivate you (or not?)
  • How did it make you stronger (or not?)
  • What did overcoming that obstacle make you realize about yourself?

The players chose one of the following topics that they  personally experienced and described it in their volleyball stories:


Inspiring Volleyball Stories About Body Image


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 anorexia?



Motivational Volleyball Stories About Female Volleyball Players and Race


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?


Click here to read Kim Oden's story about being the tallest player on most of her teams and how she was challenged by a person at Stanford who felt she wasn't smart enough to finish school there. 


Inspirational Volleyball Stories About Female Players
Overcoming Poverty


Have you had to overcome poverty or economic hardship in order to play and excel the sport that you love?


Volleyball Stories About
Social Issues


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 sport?


Click here to read Mary Jo Peppler's story on how she had to practice and train with very little of her family's support once she announced her plans to play Olympic volleyball.


Inspiring Stories About Overcoming Depression or a Negative Self Image


Has playing volleyball helped you to overcome depression or a poor self image?

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?

Click here to read Heather Bown's story about how she had to prove herself worthy of being on the court.  First to herself and then to others and how her journey helped her build her self confidence.


Motivating Volleyball Stories
About Overcoming Physical Issues


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?


Click here to read April Chapple's story of an early childhood spent having to wear leg braces helped form her decision to play and grow in the sport. 


Volleyball Stories About
Familial Issues


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 the game?

Read more about the professional volleyball players in the pages below.



  1. Improve Your Volleyball Performance with Vegas VB Coach April Chapple
  2. Professional Volleyball Players Tell Inspirational Volleyball Stories
  3. Inspirational Volleyball Stories: Once upon a time ..there was a girl




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