She will be starting her first year of high school at Marist School, but Taylor Kurosad has been competing at a high level of volleyball for the past two years.
Kurosad, a Marist freshman, has been a part of the year-round Atlanta A5 Volleyball Club for the past two years. She said being a part of the club has taught her a lot of valuable lessons about the sport.
“I think the coaches are fantastic,” Kurosad said. “They really spend a lot of time with you and help you perfect your technique. They give us a lot of attention.”
Kurosad was playing multiple sports, but she gave up basketball to play volleyball year-round.
“I did not have enough time and volleyball is my favorite sport,” Kurosad said. “I just love the team aspect of the sport.”
Kurosad is the libero, or defensive specialist, for her teams. She said she loves doing the dirty work on the court to keep her team in points.
“I love digging for the ball,” she said. “It is just the adrenaline rush of hitting the floor, digging the ball and hearing the crowd cheer for you that is great. The passing is the first ball you have to get up to make a play. It starts everything off and I love helping with that.”
Kurosad had to work through the pain of a torn ACL. She said getting through the mental and physical pain of not being able to play was tough, but she made it.
“That was probably the toughest thing I have had to work through because this is probably the longest I have ever gone without playing volleyball since I started,” Kurosad said. “I have to work at it to get my knee back because I lost a lot of muscle. I will rehab it and get it back.”
Kurosad said she wants to have her knee ready for school season at Marist.
“I really want to make varsity and I am looking forward to getting back on the court and playing again,” Kurosad said. “I really want to get back to the game I can be the best I can be.”