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Dig This - Dec. 7

Dec. 7, 2010

Senior co-captain Kayly Elmer reflects on her career in Maroon and White.

I can't believe how fast not just this season went but all four of my years of volleyball at Lafayette. I've really enjoyed it and couldn't imagine being here and not playing volleyball. Lafayette volleyball is unique in a sense that we have so much chemistry on and off the court. Even though we didn't win as much as I would have liked, I had so much fun this season and really every year. I don't think I could pinpoint my favorite memory, but if I had to pick one it would be my sophomore year when we beat Bucknell in three sets for our Dig Pink event. Another favorite memory might be the fire alarm going off when we were staying overnight at Holy Cross, and we ran into the Lehigh volleyball team outside in the middle of the night.

I've really learned a lot from playing volleyball, and I know it carries over into my everyday life. There is so much dedication and heart that goes into playing a sport, and I've been rewarded so much in return. Even looking back on freshman year and comparing it to this past season, I've grown and changed so much. You learn how to motivate yourself and others and that when you make a mistake, the world isn't going to end. As a freshman I had no idea that I might start, but was so proud when I received the opportunity.

Starting your freshman year is an honor and something you shouldn't take for granted. As a senior, your role definitely changes. You are in a role of leadership on and off the court. I enjoyed my time as captain and hopefully instilled in my teammates a memorable season that they won't forget but will learn from.

Advice to any incoming freshman: COMMUNICATION. Communicate with your coaches and your teammates. Let them know what motivates you on the court and what hinders you. If you're struggling, seek advice from your coach. Coach Campbell was always there to listen to me if I needed help or clarification on something. And enjoy each season because before you know it, it's over!



It's hard to say what I will miss the most, but I think it's going to be the feeling of being on a team and knowing I have 14 other girls who have my back and are there for me. Each of my four years has been different, but I wouldn't change any of it. Thank you for the opportunity to play.

- Kayly