Shreaya Madireddy - Grade 9, Centerville High School
A Win for the Books
I dived through dust and screams, but the ball helplessly plummeted towards the ground. I made another mistake, another fault, another blunder. Get a grip is all I could tell myself as I had began to wallow in my teammates’ pool of errors as well. Be positive and do not let a few mistakes get to you, or you will let the entire team down; a repeated saying that echoed through my conscious. I plastered a genuine smile on my face and I cheered on, whilst teammates around me sunk into despair.
A score of 20-16 loomed over our heads with a scattered tension. A thousand marching bands were bustling through my veins, but I kept content and happy in my mind and soul. I knew that if I displayed a lively attitude, that I could calm myself down to make passes right to the setter. I encouraged my teammates, as the lack of calm served as the reason of why we were losing. A concentrated girl on the opposing side hustled back to her white line for a chance to ace us, again. I moved to my position and kept a positive attitude in my mind. A bold, “balls up,” echoed from our bench, and the volleyball floated to the back of our white line. I shuffled back intently to see if it really was in bounds, placed my foot on the line, and it was out! The line judge looked at the line very sternly and dipped his red flag down to show that he made the call of it being in. A rush of anger started to stir into my mind, yet I remembered that the only way to successfully win this set was to have a happy confidence. I decided upon myself that even if that volleyball was out, that it did not mean that my team was out of the game. I ran back before the stern brunette striked the ball again. Then, swish, I passed it perfectly! The girls on the court and I cheer for ourselves, yet I could still see the anxiety splattered on every one of their faces. It was our middle’s turn to serve, and all I could say to her was,”Be happy, be calm, and let’s win this thing!” My school team won that first set with a score of 25-21.
From this experience, I learned that I have the capability of controlling my own emotions. Staying in a state of positivity helped me create a perfect pass that was an asset to us getting back the serve. That game also taught me that whenever my team is losing in the future, that I have to bring myself back up more than ever to encourage my teammates to pull through their own confidence. At our hands we have a palette of specific emotions, and how we utilize each one can make all the difference in helping the great tasks we behold.