Malina has been working since June with her high school volleyball team. Conditioning for the month of June. And than ball handling for the month of July. Try outs started on August 1. When I spoke to her about it, she said she did okay, but her serving needed some work. Then the 2nd day of tryouts August 2 came. I didn’t receive my call, so I was wondering what was going on. Then around 8:15 last night, my mom calls to tell me to come over now because it’s not good news. So, driving faster than I probably should, I get to my Mom’s in about 10 minutes. I walk in and the first thing I see is Malina and her eyes are completely red. I could tell that she’s been crying. No one has to tell me, I already know. She didn’t make the team.
Being the aunty and a coach, I tried to reason with her and comfort her at the same time. I decided to talk to her alone in another room. This way, she could be honest with me on how she feels without worrying about the other people around. So, while we’re sitting there talking, I hear my mom scream bloody murder. Apparently, there was a mistake. The Varsity volleyball coach, Coach Bob, has been trying to reach Marge, Malina’s mom, since 6:15. Grant it, its about 9 now. Apparently, all day Marge was having issues with her cell phone.
When Coach Bob verified the list after the tryouts and noticed Malina’s name wasn’t on it for the Freshman team, he wanted to fix the mistake. So, he left a couple of messages on Marge’s phone which we heard and he apologizes that her name wasn’t called. Marge finally calls him back and he confirms that she is definitely on the Freshman team. She was originally trying out for the JV team, but she would end up being a benchwarmer. Going down to the Freshman team, she will actually be starting in games instead of watching them.
So, yesterday was an emotional rollercoaster for everyone. We went from one end of the spectrum to the other in a matter of seconds. Everyone in the house last night could feel the emotion of relief after the confirmation from Coach Bob.
So, now being the aunty and a coach, I need to find time to be both so I can be supportive. I’m so happy for Malina. She really earned this spot. I can just imagine the type of player she’s going to be when she’s a Senior.