SIS News Archive
Karla Escobedo, grade 11, and Awani Cuddon, grade 10, hit the volleyball nets at University of Southern California's Volleyball Camp this summer. Though both girls deny being good at the sport, both have a passion for volleyball and wanted to improve their game. "We love volleyball and a former SIS alum recommended this program," explained Awani. Awani convinced her fellow SIS teammate, Karla, to join her for the summer and though they both had days where they could not walk, they had an incredible experience.
Karla and Awani met Samantha Bricio and for those in the volleyball world this is a big deal. Samantha, a former Trojan herself, was the youngest player to play for the Mexico national team in its history. Following in Samantha's footsteps, both girls would like to play at the university level. Though they both feel they are not up to scholarship level, they have a true love of the sport. In fact, Karla is considering starting a Shenzhen women's volleyball league as her service project for CAS in the IB program so that she and others can play year round and in the meantime she will keep her skills honed by coaching the boys middle school volleyball team.
Practicing 8 hours a day with actual USC team players as coaches left the girls exhausted but they still had time to make friends with the other girls in the camp and even call home everyday! Though the camp was competitive, they both learned the importance of persevering and not giving up. "We did a lot of jumping drills and even though I am short, I learned I can reach the net," Karla said. "We definitely improved our volleyball skills. Everyone has room for improvement," Awani emphasised.