Looking back, four years ago feels like a long time, when it’s actually only 26 regular-season matches. Coming into my freshman year I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know how good I would be compared to my teammates and the competition. I didn’t know if I would ever be good enough to play in the starting lineup. I didn’t know if I would ever be good enough to play in the postseason.
I’ve come a long way since then. Every year I made my goals and my expectations higher than the previous year. Looking back at this year, I think I definitely reached my goals coming in, but fell just short of my goal in the end.
Initially, I wanted to at least contend for a spot in the top eight in districts to move on to regionals, so finishing second in the district was a huge accomplishment for me. I was very proud of the way I played, but I knew that I still had more in me.
When talking to other players and coaches about regionals, I knew I had a really good chance to play well. I knew I could finish in the top 14 and move onto states. So now I had a new goal: contending for the top 14.
Unfortunately, my performance at regionals wasn’t as good as it needed to be. Cold and windy conditions made it tough for many players in the field, and I happened to be one of them. It was tough to strike the ball consistently, and it was even tougher to stay focused mentally.
I was really disappointed with my finish, but still proud of the season and career I had: four Mid-Penn Class 2A titles with one overall runner-up, four District 3 2A appearances with one runner-up, and an Class 2A Regional appearance.
I want to thank my teammates, coaches, friends and parents for being there throughout my career and pushing to me to accomplish what I did.