Thank You Seniors!
Dec. 2, 2009
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Several members of the Penn State women's volleyball team took some time to put into words their appreciation of this year's senior class.
#14 Cathy Quilico
"Oh Meg, I don't know who will make up nicknames for me and beat me up after you're gone. When they lift me up before the matches next year, I'm going to have to adjust to the evenness of their lift, unlike yours. It isn't going to be the same without you. I am going to miss you so much! I am so glad to have had you as a teammate and will continue following you and your success in the future.
"Lish!!! The best roommate! I am so glad that we got to room with each other, it isn't going to be the same without you and doing everything with you. I know that we will always be friends and I can't even describe how much I am going to miss you. I am so grateful to have you as a setter because you're the best setter ever and you make my passes look good!"
#12 Alyssa D'Errico
"Alisha - Thanks so much for every talk, for every memory, for everything you've done to contribute to both the team's success as well as my individual success in the past three years. The work you put in behind the scenes does not go unnoticed to everyone. You've pushed me to be such a better player in the past three years and helped me maintain my focus in the tough times. You'll do great things and I can't wait to see it all. I'm always here for you and remember the great times you've had here at school, as you get ready for your bright future.
"Kelsey - You are one of the most down-to-earth people I have ever met. Living next to you for the past two years has been an incredible experience. As the years have passed we have shared more memories bringing us inevitably a little closer to each other every semester. You have such a resilient personality, which has shown especially in this past year. Thanks so much for every memory we have shared, every moment you have been there for me and every future memory we will have together (since I know you'll be around). You are an inspiration in so many ways you'll never know and I am honored to have you as my friend. Thanks for always being there for me and realize I am ALWAYS here for you."
#5 Kristin Carpenter
"Kels, I know you were a freshman once too but you've really helped me with the transition here. I know of all the people on this team, I could go to you with anything. You are hands-down the strongest person I've ever met and I absolutely love you for it. Thanks for getting me excited about being an aunt!
"Coach Isha, I really can't thank you enough for everything partially because it would take way too long and I don't have that much space in this thing. I don't even think you realize half of things you've done for me. You've taught me so much about setting and leadership and awesome dance moves. You've got rhythm girl. Thanks for taking me under your wing and showing me the ropes here. You rock and you'll definitely be missed."
#3 Fatima Balza
"Kelsey, you are a really admirable person. After your surgery, you were always were doing exercise to get better. As a middle hitter you were always telling me what to do, what I was doing wrong, what I should do to get better, and helping me a lot! Thanks so much. I'll miss you a lot!
"Alisha, thanks so much for guiding me everyday on the court, being so patient with me and telling me over and over the same things to try to make me better. I know that you probably get tired of telling me the same things all the time, but thanks so much for doing it and being a great leader. I'll miss you."
#2 Katie Kabbes
#7 Arielle Wilson
"Kelsey - HEY Chelsey... I am only kidding lol.. I am soo glad that I have gotten to know you more and more each year! I want you to know how very proud and happy I am to have worked, competed, and played with you. You are very nice, kind, giving, and so easy to talk to and I thank you for that! I have wanted to tell you that I admire your drive and encouragement! We have had awesome times and laughs together! I wish you great happiness Kelsey and success in the future! Feel free to keep in touch with me! You truly are one in a million!
"Alisha - What's up lish.. You have been my setter for three years now and it will be hard to let you go for my last round..lol I know I'm being selfish but I feel like we were just starting to make more history together! I wish you the best of luck with everything! I am proud to say that I was set by the best setter in the collegiate world. I am really going to miss the SISTAS rotation a.k.a. the best rotation ever! There will never be another like it! You will truly be missed and I will make sure to keep in touch!"
#17 Heather Tice
"Alisha - Somewhere in Aspen...Aspen! Oh, the chartering days of my freshman year! We have had some incredible talks and laughs on the plane rides and you know what I'm talking about! You are a wonderful player and person and I am very blessed that I was able to share these past two years with you! I have learned so much from you not only about volleyball, but life in general. It is going to be hard not playing with my Will and Grace buddy or my baby tremors girl! Alisha you are a special person with a long and exciting road ahead of you. I know you will do great things and make even more of an impact on people than you already do with your skill. I love you with all of my heart and I cannot wait to hear about your future! Always keep in touch and keep a smile on your face!
"Kels - GREYS ANATOMY! You and I have grown so much closer this past year and you have no idea how thankful I am for that. I never met a selfless, genuine, and special person than you Kelsey Ream. You are always there to lend a hand, listen to someone's problems, celebrate a birthday, and so much more. You truly are a special person with qualities that people only dream of. I know this year has been rough both mentally and physically for you, but your persistence and attitude has been incredibly admirable. You are a fighter and always stand strong for what you believe in. Your smile makes me and those around you smile as well. Your personality is contagious and something to be proud of! I love you more than you will know and I am so very blessed to have you in my life. Kelsey, keep smiling and always remember that I love you!"
#9 Blair Brown
"Megan - ROOMIE! Well here we are...the place we never thought we'd make it to after freshman year. It actually did fly by. After four years, we've probably discussed every life subject and come to some conclusion about whether or not we were right or wrong in every situation possible...and then changed it the next time we talked. Our mind altering conversations kept us up way too late, but they allowed me to really get to know the kind of person you are behind this incredible volleyball player. Your career speaks for itself, but in your future I want you to make sure you're happy in all that you do! You better keep me updated on all the new gossip because I'm going to miss it too much if you don't. And...if it's not too much trouble, you must promise to come back Sundays for enchiladas and/or quesadillas. Thanks!
"Alisha - It's been a long time since we watched every episode of Dawson's Creek and consumed countless boxes of Lucky Charms (well...maybe that hasn't been so long for me haha). You've become such a great player that can be depended on everyday for your hard work and competitiveness. I'm not really sure what we're going to do without you next year, but I wish you all the best in your future endeavors...I'm sure you'll be amazing. We will miss you!"
#1 Darcy Dorton
"Kelsey- My Locker Buddy
"Alisha - My Keeper
"Megan - My Booger!
"They say that a mark of a true leader isn't what they have done, but the legacy they leave behind. It's in their ability to influence others, and continue to impact for years beyond their time. Each of you has made an impact on me, as a teammate and as a friend. We are all going to miss each of you so much, and we will continue to strive to keep that legacy and the Penn State Volleyball traditions alive for years to come.
"Good Luck in all your future endeavors! Love You!"