Side Out w/the Ladies: Caitlin Neese
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Coming out of high school I never imagined not playing volleyball. This sport was my life. Games, practices, and pep-rallies defined me. Little did I know, I had a lot to learn about life in general. I worked hard to earn a volleyball scholarship to a Division I school and was lucky enough to have this dream come true. I couldn't wait to get to Centenary in August of 2008.

After a freshman season filled with hardship and difficult times for many of the girls, it was time for me to take a break. After a lot of hard thinking and plenty of pro-con lists, I made the difficult decision to not play my sophomore year. Still, I wasn't this person who chose to just quit. I never gave up no matter how bad things were. I soon realized that what I had done was not quitting; I was making a choice that would make me a better person in the long run. Those same games and practices that defined me for so long quickly became the wrong definition of who I wanted to be.

 This break from volleyball taught me that I could overcome obstacles. I learned to cheer my friends on from the stands and be happy about it. I learned to reach out to different organizations on campus and become a well-rounded student. I learned to study harder and earn better grades. But most importantly, I learned that only you can define who you want to be.

A new coach and a new opportunity have come my way, and I couldn't be more excited about playing the sport I love with some of my best friends again in the fall. I know the challenges will be tough, but if we stick together there is no limit to what we can accomplish. As a team, only we can define who we are and what we can do. It is in our hands to make this season positive, and I have no doubt that the definition of Ladies Volleyball could be changed for the better in 2010. 

-Caitlin Neese