It wasn’t quite the storybook ending sophomore middle hitter Gabreya Garcia and the Bourgade Catholic High School Golden Eagles had hoped for.
Garcia’s team missed the 3A Arizona Volleyball Playoffs by one game this season. Bourgade was solid most of the season but struggled in key matches, ending up 9-9.
Although the team fell short, Garcia, a Tolleson resident, broke school records for the number of blocks in a season, the number of kills in a single game and the number of kills in the season. She tied the record for the number of blocks in a single game.
At 5-foot-9-inches, Garcia found this to be no easy feat, especially the blocks, as nearly all of them were solo. Garcia did not set out to break records, but with four games left in the season, she realized some of the records were in striking distance. If she worked hard, she could break a few.
Garcia attributes her record-breaking performance to the offseason hard work, vertical training, film studying and conditioning. Her focus during the off-season was to improve her speed, jumps and volleyball IQ.
In addition to the school records, Garcia earned 3A Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) All-Region First Team Honors, All-Tournament Honors in the Black Canyon City Volleyball Tournament, Bourgade Catholic High School Volleyball Offensive Player of the Year and was recognized by Sports360AZ All-Academic Girls Volleyball Team for maintaining a 4.0 GPA.
Even with her record-breaking season, Garcia said she is more concerned with the team’s future moving into her junior year and rebuilding despite not qualifying for the playoffs. Therefore, Garcia is not relishing on her personal achievements but rather has bigger goals in mind.
“These are good accomplishments, but a team accomplishment would be so much more rewarding,” she said. “I still want to compete a higher level and I know we can do it. It’s a tangible goal with our team. And we if we work hard, we can do it.”
Garcia plays for Arizona Storm Elite Volleyball Club 16’s Lightning Team and hopes this club season will offer opportunities to work on her technique as an attacker for range, attack location and consistency, as well as passing and defense.