Amelia Moore can knock the volleyball into oblivion, taking advantage of her 6-foot-5 height to leap and slam the volleyball across the net.
Moore's aggressive play has impressed national coaches. The senior-to-be at Ocean Springs High School was recently selected to an elite volleyball team.
Moore said, "I made the USA A-1 National team, which is 36 girls out of thousands that we tried out. They had multiple tryouts throughout the nation. We go out and do different drills. They evaluate you and you're chosen for that team."
Moore secured a spot on the Youth A-1 National team and will head down to Fort Lauderdale to train for five days in July. After the training sessions, she'll compete in the USA High Performance Championships, an international tournament, featuring teams from Canada, China, Dominican Republic, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru and Puerto Rico.
Amelia trains with the Storm Volleyball Club in Mobile. Director Nicole Keshock has helped train and place over 50 volleyball players in colleges and universities across the country.
Coach Keshock believes the skies the limit for Amelia Moore.
Keshock said, "She came to me and said I'm ready to work. I'm ready to get after this. I have specific goals that I want to achieve and if she didn't have that drive, I could train and teach her all I want, but she wouldn't have gotten anywhere. So, it's really her work ethic and drive and passion for the sport.
Amelia's drive is to land a roster spot on a future USA Volleyball Olympic team.
"That's always been one of my goals, "said Moore. " I've watched the Olympic team play once or twice before. I was 13 or 14, I was so excited. Like wow, I want to be on that, I told my mom. I want to be there to play for them.
Amelia Moore, is well on her way to achieving her goal thanks to her drive, determination, talent and coaching.
Moore decided this year that she will attend the University of Dayton once she graduates from Ocean Springs High School. Dayton is recognized as one of the top volleyball programs in the women's college ranks.
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