The history of volleyball can be traced back to 1895, when William G. Morgan invented a game he would call Mintonette. After a few rule changes, and refinements, that game would then evolve into what is now the present day game of volleyball.
One of the rising stars in Girls’ Volleyball comes by way of a local high school, with a rich tradition of football dominance. Sabrina Tavakoli, is a Senior at Corona Centennial High School and four year starter, whom is committed to play her college volleyball at SEC powerhouse Tennessee.
For her efforts, Tavakoli was named our Player of the Week, presented by IESportsNet.com. I was recently able to catch up with Tavakoli to talk about her season, her past and her future in volleyball:
Question: Who were your major influences in sports?
Sabrina Tavakoli: My major influence was my sister, because she started playing volleyball when she was a freshman. That’s when I was a 5th grader and started to play as well. Also, my parents, whenever I felt down or thought I couldn't do it anymore they kept reminding me of that little girl who fell in love with the sport, they kept pushing me to my fullest potential.
Question: Who are some of the athletes that you pattern your game after?
Sabrina Tavakoli: Some athletes I pattern my game after is Alicia Glass, former setter from the USA Olympic Team and Logan Tom who is so technical with each and every position she has played.
Question: What made you want to play this sport, what motivates you?
Sabrina Tavakoli: I fell in love with the sport since the day I watched it. That day was when my sister had tried out for her high school volleyball team, and as I was watching, I just couldn't take my eyes off the game. It was love at first sight.
Question: How long have you been playing the sport? What made you want to be an athlete?
Sabrina Tavakoli: I've been playing the sport since I was 10, so this is my 8th year. The love that I had for the sport made me want to be an athlete.
Question: What is the most challenging aspect of being an athlete?
Sabrina Tavakoli: To be an athlete takes a lot of dedication and sacrifice, something that I've always been taught since I was young; so it didn't come off that hard.
Question: How would you describe your game / style of play?
Sabrina Tavakoli: I can describe my game has quick and risky. I love to run a fast/quick offense that messes the other side of the net up, also sometimes very risky because I like to try new things or pull off unexpected plays while playing the game.
Question: What is your hometown?
Sabrina Tavakoli: My hometown is Corona, CA
Question: What have been some of the setbacks in your career?
Sabrina Tavakoli: My height has been somewhat of a setback, but luckily I found many ways to beat the height factor.
Question: What have been some of the highlights of your career?
Sabrina Tavakoli: Some of my highlights have been winning a silver medal at Nationals, being named MVP my sophomore year, placing at Nationals each year, being a 4 year varsity starter, getting Big 8 my junior year and 2nd team all league my sophomore year, being able to train with Misty May, and committing to my dream school (Tennessee).