Lydia Montague is a Middle Blocker on the Snow College Volleyball team, currently in her sophomore year.
Q. How long have you been playing volleyball?
A. I’ve been playing competitively since I was 11 or 12, so like 8 years now.
Q. How has your experience been?
A. Looking back to when I started out, I can’t say I’ve loved every second because making mistakes and getting better and being new at something can be really hard but luckily, volleyball has taught me to love pushing myself and doing hard things; so I’m grateful for all that it’s put me through and everything that I’ve been able to learn from being an athlete.
Q. What have you learned from your teammates?
A. My teammates are my best friends. They are truly family and watching them and being able to practice with them day in and day out has taught me so much about myself. I’ve learned how to keep a positive attitude for my team even when things get tough on the court. I’ve learned how to communicate and talk through situations. They’ve taught me how to be patient and look inward when outward performance might not be stellar and they’ve taught me that laughter is a great coping mechanism!
Q. What advice would you give to any aspiring volleyball player?
A. I would say that it’s important to find your purpose for the game early. Once you nail down your “why”, you’re much more likely to love the game and work towards a goal in order to get better.