“For the past four years, the Varsity Volleyball team has been my home away from home,” Brittany Jones (12), the Captain of the Girls Varsity Volleyball team, said. After her final volleyball season at Horace Mann, the impact Jones has had on the team and the impact the team has had on her is profound.
Jones embodies all the qualities that a great leader should have. “She is persistent and vocal,” Rosy Arora (10) said. “I really tried to be a role model by being encouraging and sharing what I know about volleyball with my teammates,” Jones said.
Jones’ experiences outside of school has helped her to lead her teammates this past season. Jones utilizes her knowledge from playing on her club team to give advice to the team here at school. “Playing club volleyball gave me the tools to share my skills with others,” Jones said. “I have always looked up to her dedication,” Sasha Matt (12) said.
“I felt that it was an honor and a great opportunity to play with somebody as skilled as Brittany,” Arora said. However, Jones’ impact on the team was not limited to the game. “Brittany helped me improve on and off the court,” Arora said. Jones’ positivity, work ethic and passion was contagious to her teammates this season.
“Since the beginning of the season, we [the team] were bonded very well because Brittany makes sure everyone feels included,” Arora said. This exemplifies Jones’ leadership, which is what makes her the “backbone of our team,” Arora said.
“Over the years, I’ve learned that the most successful teams are ones that have a leader to bring individuals together to reach a common goal,” Jones said. Jones truly stepped into this leadership position during her senior season by “connecting with individuals and creating common ground with people in various settings,” Jones said.
Throughout Jones’ several years in the volleyball program, she has learned how to lead a successful team. “I realized that teams are made up of many different types of people, but when you are able to come together and work together, great things can be achieved,” Jones said.