By Taylor Brandt , Jr. Reporter
LaRose Currie is a five foot ten inch outside hitter. She finished off her high school volleyball career ninth in Colorado for kills with 324 and dug 216 balls. Currie helped Battle Mountain High School volleyball team become 2013 Western Slope 4A League Champions and now is playing volleyball at University of Nebraska at Kearney.
LaRose Currie started playing volleyball competitively in 8th grade, but she had been playing the sport with her friends since 3rd grade. Volleyball was not only sport that Currie played when she was young. She played soccer, gymnastics, baseball, basketball, lacrosse, dance, track and skied.
Currie reflects on her favorite part of volleyball, which is how technical the sport is. “I love that even a slight angle can completely change the direction of the ball.”
Currie explains that she also loves how much volleyball is a team sport. LaRose describes a team working as one invigorating.
“I feel the strongest or most powerful after I’ve completed a really hard workout or practice. It feels good to push your body.”
For LaRose Currie sports help her feel like she is apart of something bigger then herself. They give her a sense of strength that she carries with her on and off the court. The lessons people learn from sports will stay with them forever and help them in their everyday life.
“Sports have definitely shaped my life in terms of discipline.”
Currie said that she has learned what responsibility and teamwork really are through sports. Sports have taught her how to deal with people she that she may not like. Sports have made Currie a better person by teaching her life skills she will never forget.
“College volleyball is ten times faster than high school level.”
Currie attests that in college volleyball if you are not paying attention on the court you will get smoked. Unlike in high school when it now seems you had an infinite amount of time to get to the ball. In college volleyball you have to be able to predict where the ball will be and be able to pick up your feet a little quicker.
College is very different than what Currie expected. Looking back she thought that she would have a lot more free time. Being a student-athlete requires more work than it did in high school. Currie’s perception of college is that classes are a lot harder and she finds herself having to study a lot more in order to do well. On top of a harder class load Currie said that her volleyball team meets more often. Her team is practicing more and now she is lifting which she did not do in high school.
“I think girls drop out of sports because there is more emphasize on boy sports than girls. In many cases girls are not paid attention to so I think a lot of girls think why am I putting in all of this hard work if no one is recognizing it.”
Currie thinks, that even though it may be a clique, that many girls do not want to be tough, but rather feel they are obliged to be girly.
Currie suggests that some girls may be afraid to be strong and determined on the court and to show a somewhat “crazy” side. Currie indicates that many times people have told her that she looks scary when she plays or that her legs look huge. Currie speculates that some girls do not want to look muscular. It is just the way that people see things: guys should strong and muscular while girls should be weak. But to many girls that is not way things should be any more.
“The most important value to represent is passion.”
Currie said that if you do not have passion for what you are doing you are disrespecting not only the sport, but also the people who have that passion. If you do not have passion for what you are doing nothing truly meaningful will get done. If you are passionate about what you do you will be happy about how you are living your life.
ABOUT JR REPORTER TAYLOR BRANDT (VAIL, COLORADO)
I am a 13 year old alpine ski racer at Ski and Snowboard Club Vail. I am in eighth grade and I have a passion for skiing and writing. I have all male coaches and everyday I am struggling to prove to them that girls are just as tough as guys. I am extremely happy to be given this opportunity to write articles about amazing female athletes who proved that they are just as tough as guys.
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