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Athlete of the Month: Gonzales serves another season of JV volleyball

Serena Elkins
Junior varsity volleyball player Genevieve Gonzales serves the ball during after school practice at Birmingham Community Charter High School on Oct. 8. The JV girls volleyball team ended their season on Oct. 11 with a total of 11 wins and seven losses.

Each month the school showcases a female and male athlete to be featured in an article recognizing their raw talent in the sport they are in. For this month, October, we spotlight sophomore Genevieve Gonzales for her abilities in junior varsity volleyball.

For Gonzales, this is her second year playing junior varsity volleyball on the Birmingham Community Charter High School team. It has also been a great experience for her thus far. The junior varsity girls volleyball team ended their season on Oct. 11 with 11 wins and seven losses.

Q: What position do you play and why?

A: I’m front row middle. I play because I guess my coach saw my strength in hitting.

Q: How long have you played volleyball and when did you start?

A: I started my freshman year. I’ve kind of just been playing on and off like outside of school.

Q: What’s your biggest accomplishment as a volleyball player?

A: I mean individually I feel like no one really has an accomplishment. We’re all a team and the game literally revolves around the team itself so my biggest accomplishment is just having support for my coaches and my other players.

Q: What’s your favorite memory from playing volleyball?

A: My favorite memory was when we went to USC to watch a professional volleyball game and we all stayed out and got dinner together. It was a lot of fun.

Q: How do you mentally and physically prepare for games?

A: Volleyball is like a very mentally challenging sport but I would say I try to hype myself up. I listen to music, I talk with my team, my coaches and we all just kind of hype each other up.

A: What’s the best piece of advice anyone has ever given to you about volleyball?

Q: Have confidence in yourself and don’t get in your head if you make any mistakes because we all make mistakes. Just have fun.

A: How did you first get involved in playing volleyball?

Q: I kind of just wanted to try out for fun and just do a sport for high school so my closest option out of it was volleyball and then I ended up making the team and went with it.

A: How do you balance academics and athletics and do you have any tips for other students?

Q: Well I get procrastinating, that’s one of a lot of the things that teens have but definitely having a balanced schedule and making time for doing your homework either during school or after sports. Making sure that you’re on top of your things is really important.

Stats: 11 wins, 7 losses for the Birmingham JV girls volleyball team.

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Yusuf Syed, Staff Writer
Yusuf Syed is in his first year on the staff of The Pearl Post as a staff writer. He is in his junior year and hopes to get good grades and go to a concert. When he is not at school, he is part of the ISVW (Islamic Center of West Valley) community. He likes to go to the beach once in a while, listen to music and hang out with his friends.
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Serena Elkins is a staff writer in her sophomore year of high school and first year on The Pearl Post staff. She is the sophomore Class President, Head of Membership in PTSA and Leadership Council Secretary. She loves to plan and volunteer at school community events. Outside of school, she enjoys painting, baking and archery. She is very excited to be a part of The Pearl Post staff and get to know the other staff members and editors while writing and taking photos.
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