By Dave Merchant firstname.lastname@example.org
Allen Park Jags Senior Ella Bailey has got sports in her blood. She currently plays volleyball but has played other sports in the past including softball, basketball and swimming.
“I play OH (Outside Hitter), MB (Middle Blocker), & D/S (Defensive Specialist) in volleyball,” Ella said. She has some wonderful memories: “Winning Districts last volleyball season on my Birthday, and celebrating with my team. Also, beating Trenton at home, and having a video of the match point win on GreatClips clip of the week, and on StateChamps’, as well as Twitter.”
Her favorite subject is Math. Ella’s favorite teachers are Mrs. Mcmaster (AP Chem), Mr. Jackson (English), and Mr. Brown (AP Calc). “My favorite coaches are Dave LaFace, Chris Bozman, and Kelsey Ferla,” she said. “My favorite classes are AP Chem and Drama.
Her hobbies include singing and theatre. “I love the performing arts,” she said. “I was recently Ariel in The Little Mermaid at APHS, it was a blast.”
Her parents are Sarah & Derek Bailey and Alle Bailey (younger sister).
“My future plans are to work extremely hard and get my Masters in a degree I’m passionate about. I’m thinking along the lines of Business/ Marketing, but who can ever be sure,” she added.
She was named All Downriver League 2019, All Downriver League honorable mention 2018, and Volleyball 110% Award. Honor Roll for APHS (Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior year).
She has good advice to younger players wanting to succeed. “Listen to your coaches, and apply their advice quickly. Being coachable is so important, embracing change, and adapting quickly are a must,” she said. “Watch Varsity/College teams play and learn from more advanced players. Find a love and passion for your sport or hobby, that will drive you to become better. Always have fun and be a supportive teammate, teamwork really does make the dreamwork. Lastly, remind yourself perfection isn’t obtainable, and practice makes permanent not perfect. Mistakes are going to happen in life and in the game, what matters most is how you react and learn from them.”