March 4, 2008

Way To Go Amy!

Last week the BYU Women's Volleyball Team was honored during halftime of a BYU basketball game for reaching the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament and finishing the season ranked 12th in the nation! The whole team played awesome. It was really such a great finish for Amy's volleyball career. She will not be playing any more, even though she has one season of eligibility left, because of her really, really bad back.
Amy went to her first BYU volleyball camp when she was 7 years old and she has basically played year round ever since that first camp so long ago. I can remember her talking about, hoping and dreaming about, being the setter for BYU one day. With all of her hard work and determination those dreams did come true, even though a back doctor told her her senior year of high school to "figure out what plan B is because you will never play college volleyball with that back!"
It wasn't easy. In fact it was really hard and there were lots of ups and downs. Her courage, strength and determination taught us all what it truly means to not only follow your dreams, but to live them. You are such a great example Amy! 
Congratulations #15
Brittney giving Amy big hug after beating Utah
at the U for the first time in six years!
Ivan and Amy were all smiles after the win against Utah at home.
Proud Dad and Ally with Amy
Jennie drove to Provo with the kids to be at Amy's last home match against UNLV. Amy had 57 assists, 18 digs and 9 blocks! As Jennie said, "Pretty freakin awesome!"
BYU beat University of Washington who was ranked 6th in the nation in the second round of the NCAA tournament. It was a very exciting weekend in Seattle.
BYU played Penn State, the eventual National Champions for their last match. Amy is holding "Prostie" (the nickname she gave to her back brace). That brace was what held her up so she could play! It has been her constant companion for the last four years.
Chelsea, Amy, Rachel and Bryn started their BYU careers together and will be friends forever...
Congratulations on a great volleyball career Amy. We love you and we are so proud of you!


Allison Barnes said...

Good job Amy! it's been so fun to follow your career. Way to follow your dreams!

JENNIE! said...

way to go roonie!! too bad for that bad back.... especially when you had such "great" coaches ! :)

BrittWilk said...

I can't believe she's done! I'm so proud of Amy for accomplishing all that the rest of us Wahines and Nevada Jr's wanted to accomplish! She's amazing!

And I'm proud to say that even though I didn't play in college I still think I played longer with Amy than anyone else! Did anyone else beat 6 years? :)

P.S. Linda, I love your blog! :)

susan bunker said...

Amy is an inspiration to us all! Thanks for sharing some details and some pictures!

Rohan Shearer said...

Its great to see your blog and thanks for linking to ours! Its fun to catch up this way. Speaking of Amy's volleyball, Jeni and I and the kids were eating lunch in a restaurant in Salt Lake City and ESPN was on and there was BYU playing in the quarterfinals I think - and then we saw Amy! How fun!