So Who am I????????|
My name's Dylan, and I'm a 5'7" guy from Rhode Island.
"So how the
hell did you start playing volleyball?" Well if you're a volleyball
player, you know that it's - e v e r y w h e r e - and you probably also
know that you don't have to be six feet tall to be a competetive player
(as long as you don't play professionally, or in D1!)
So I started playing my junior year in high school, when we started up
a club boys' vball team. I was a setter. I could've been a hitter, but I
preferred to play with guys in my grade, and they were mostly bigger than
the sophs and frosh that I was with originally, so to play with the big
boys, I needed to be a setter. And set I did. I was actually our starting
setter when the team became varsity my senior year, and it was my first
ever varsity letter. I had tried out for the basketball team from
8th-11th grade, never making the team! I had also ran track - sprints
and weights - all through high school. But no letters. So I had this
pent-up energy that wanted to play on a varsity team. and I did it with
volleyball. (I actually got a letter in track that year, as well as
another pin for being volleyball captain. So I really scored my senior
Then I went to Swarthmore
College, where they had a volleyball team! Club-level. I joined the
team. they didn't really have a setter, and I had the hands to set, so I
got to start as the setter for like 2/3 of the games, I think. The next
year, since I had more experience playing than most of the other guys on
the team, I became a captain! And since we were so bad my freshman year
that our coach quit, I had to coach the team, too! ooof! I was now also
the only thing close to a setter we had, and I started all over the place.
Not only that, I decided which seniors would get playing time.
That's a heavy load for a sophomore!
I was captain again junior year, and this time we had a coach! By
this point, I had started a web page for the team,
which I maintained religiously. I'd love it if you'd check it out, since I put a TON of work into it. I
even designed our team logo - check it out! And I
kept putting work into the volleyball team, though the busy schedules of
my teammates kept us from winning all that much. oh well. I don't worry
about winning very much at all. I care more about playing well and having
fun. Or the other way around. Yeah, I guess I don't mind stinkin' up the
joint if I'm having fun doing it.
that attitude tended to piss my teammates off, especially the
younger ones, who wanted to WIN WIN WIN WIN but I had just played too many
sports and was dealing with too many issues to put up
with that nonsense.
I didn't start my senior year at all, since we had a kick-ass setter come
in to town - he was just as short as me, but he had played a LOT more
volleyball - a better setter, better blocker, and much better on
defense. It was weird, since that was the first time I
hadn't been the #1 setter on my team. I guess I should get used to
getting beat by younger guys...damn, here I am 21 already... ;)
so here I am, gone from Swat, leaving behind my many web pages
(including the one for the volleyball team which if
you haven't checked out yet, you should now! :) I left the maintainence
of the team's pages in the capable and eccentric hands of a boy that
called himself MaD dUCK. I hope
you give his version of the Swat VBall Page
a gander, as well. My logo's still on there! Or at least it used to be.
Hey, if you play volleyball, too, that's great. but this page is as
of now dead, since I no longer have access to this account and can't edit
any of my pages here. Maybe I'll try and sneak a link in
here to my new homepage, once I get one. Anyways, thanks for stopping by,
and always, always put the first serve in.