This letter is dedicated to all of my teammates over the past 4 years,
Mary, Kierst, Alex, and Allison somehow we made it to our last “season.” I know this last season was not the dream we had, but it was definitely a memorable one. Through the rollercoaster of emotions we were always there for eachother and it pushed us to have an unforgettable senior year. In the past 4 years I’ve had the privilege of meeting so many amazing people in Schrader Gym. Thank you Geneseo Volleyball for introducing me to the greatest people and for the lifelong impact each person has had on me.Thank you all for your friendship, advice, love, and constant support.
First I would like to thank the one and only Emily Ast. You are the most loving and caring person I know. From my 12 years of playing competitive volleyball, you were the best captain I have ever had the honor of playing with. You knew exactly when to push the team or the moment when we needed a hug. The love you have for volleyball is admirable. The fact that your name is still brought up in almost every single practice is just one piece of evidence of how much you have impacted this program. I strive to be as down to earth as you are, thank you again for being one of the best role models. I miss you!
Next I want to thank Grace, Sam, Abby, Kat, and Shea.
Thank you for your constant energy and craziness. You guys always know how to make the team or any room you walk into laugh. You guys are by far the weirdest people I know, but a good weird. You all made everyone on the team comfortable the minute we walked into the locker room. Thank you for pushing this team to a new level. Coming in as a freshman you pushed our whole class to a new level. You were always the ones dancing and singing on the bus and then could flip a switch to being the most competitive people on the court- that’s what made you guys so unique. The countless memories we have made together I will cherish forever.
To my fellow seniors, Mary, Kierst, Alex, Allison, Erina, Bridget, and Moose.
You guys have been my rock since Day One. Meeting all of you is my favorite part of this team. We all know how to make each other laugh, even on the court. You guys are some of the most hard working and caring people I know both on and off the court. The memories we have made since freshman year have been unforgettable and you guys will always be a part of my life. All of our movie nights squeezed into one daga room, the countless group walks and pictures, the bus rides, and the group dinners are some of my favorite memories. I am so proud of all of us for embracing this weird senior year we are having but we are making the most of it. Thank you guys for being my best friends for these past 4 years. Little shoutout to my roommates for basically the past 4 years. I do not know what I am going to do without our late night talks and wegmans runs together, thank you all for being you. I am excited for the rest of the year and to see where life takes all of us. Although we only have one year left together at Geneseo, we have many many more to come.
Next are my juniors, MK, Morgan, Babs and Maddie.
You guys are the most unique group of teammates I ever had. Thank you guys for fully embracing the Geneseo Volleyball team culture and speaking up from the start. Thank you for the wisdom and love for the game. All of you go into practice every day knowing you will have a good time no matter what drills we do. It has been so fun to watch you guys lead this year and really embrace the role of being upperclassmen. Thank you all for making me remember why I love to play volleyball. Thank you for everything you do for this team and always coming up with fun things to do over zoom. I can’t wait to watch you guys win a SUNYAC chip next year.
The sophomores, Imbo, Haber, Jackie, and Grace Thomas.
When you guys came in as freshman we knew from the start all of you were going to be a huge part of this program. It has been so fun to watch you all grow over this past year. You bring a confidence and a sense of calmness to the court that is very much appreciated. You guys are some of the most hard working people I know and always strive to be the best both on the court and off the court. I thank you guys for embracing me as a player and getting my sense of competitiveness. All of you have stepped into some big roles this year and are fully embracing them. I know the future is bright for all of you, I can’t wait to see what you all will accomplish.
Last but not least my freshmen Maddy, Julia, Linda, Cecil, Tori and Shannon.
Thank you for always making me smile every time I see you. I am so proud of all of you for embracing this obscure freshman year and weird season. All of you are exactly what this program needs and came in knowing exactly what we are all about. Thank you guys for jumping right into our craziness and weirdness. I know everyone is going to do great things for this program because you all have that competitive drive but also play because you love it. I wish I could have the opportunity to compete with each of you in a regular season but I am excited to watch and hear all about it. Thank you for making my last season unforgettable. I can not wait to watch this program grow. I love you all!
Thank you to everyone who I have shared the court with at Geneseo. You people are the most incredible, loving, funny, and hard working group of people I know.