By Inno Sita and Shane Burrell |Staff Writer and Asst. Sports Editor|
Coyote volleyball gives great thanks to senior Danielle Newcombe, who plays as our team’s outside hitter.
Newcombe has given the assist to the team’s fantastic record this season, and with perfect timing as she is getting ready to say her final goodbyes come graduation.
The volleyball star has been with the Coyotes since her freshman year, showing that with perseverance you can achieve greatness.
She describes her first experience with volleyball similar to falling in love. “I fell in love with the sport for the first time when I stepped on the court. I just knew it was something I wanted to do, so without hesitating I just went for it,” said Newcombe.
Newcombe has had great experiences on and off of the court. She described some of her favorite moments as breathtaking and challenging.
“Even though the game was rough, I can’t quite explain the feeling I had when I looked around to see how many people were there and to hear them all cheering for our team, that’s pretty special,” said Newcombe.
Her greatest moments off the court comes when friends and family tell Newcombe of her best qualities.
She reflects on the traits that they describe her as, “determined, outgoing, and reliable,” said Newcombe.
However, Newcombe does not take all of the credit for her attributes. She explains that her mother is a great influence in her life, and while she is present to show her support, she is also there to help support her.
“My mother is definitely my role model, because she constantly pushes me and makes sure that I don’t give up too soon. She has always been there to support me and I thank her for that,” said Newcombe.
Although Newcombe tries her best to stay focused on and off of the court, she does have a small weakness. “My emotions tend to run a little wild. I sometimes let my emotions get in the way and they end up controlling me, so I always try my best to stay away from that,” said Newcombe.
Although Newcombe is an amazing player on the court and well loved from her family and friends, she still is a just like everyone else; emotions can get the best of her.
Newcombe has big aspirations for her talents, “I would like to go overseas and play professionally. After that, I want to personal train and change some lives with the talents I have,” said Newcombe.
As Newcombe gets ready to say goodbye to her friends and teammates, she has some words of wisdom for the players that are soon to come. She says to never lose your love for a sport, even though it is tough being a student athlete in college, but the love of the sport is what makes it worthwhile.
Newcombe carries on with advice to student athletes, “It can be stressful and overwhelming, but nothing can keep you from being successful. Love and some determination will take you places, guaranteed,” said Newcombe.
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