A mere forty years ago, beach volleyball was just beginning. No bureaucrat would have invented it, and that's what freedom is all about.
Volleyball anchored me at a time in my life when I needed it. It gave me a reason for being this big, big girl.
It takes a lot of hard work and dedication just like any pro sport. Especially for beach volleyball you don't have to be tall or as fast as other sports. You just have to have the skills.
Once I got past my anger toward my mother, I began to excel in volleyball and modeling.
I've worked too hard and too long to let anything stand in the way of my goals. I will not let my teammates down and I will not let myself down.
Volleyball is one of the most interactive games going. It is a game of intuition, imagination, improvisation - but most of all, of reciprocity - of teamwork. There is no way to free-lance in volleyball.
I grew up on the beach and played side-out scoring all my life, but rally scoring is better for our sport. There is pressure on every play. You can't make a mistake, but that also means your opponent can't make a mistake. It makes the matches more exciting to watch.
You touch every other ball and, if you screw up, you only have one more person to back you up. You can't go hide in the corner.
Volleyball is a Jewish sport. It's fun, and nobody can get hurt.
Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
I played varsity on all of them for four years. I'm 5'9 and that's not that tall for a center so I was a forward. I loved playing volleyball and basketball and track I was good at, but it stressed me out.
My dream was to be either a volleyball player or a veterinarian.
No volleyball play can begin without a serve, and the serve is the only technique that is totally under your control. In other endeavors, you cannot succeed without believing in yourself, and that belief is completely under your control.
I never did. I only prepared to win the next day.
Anyone serious about playing indoor, you should play outdoor.
I got the nickname Spitfire for a reason - I burned inside to play volleyball.
Don't be afraid to hit the ball.
Anyone can support a team that is winning - it takes no courage. But to stand behind a team to defend a team when it is down and really needs you, that takes a lot of courage.
I will not let my teammates down and I will not let myself down.
We don't have a World Series or a Super Bowl, so to be able to come home with a gold medal is amazing. I want to do it again in four more years.