Hello everyone! My name is Selena Scudder. I am a setter/defensive specialist and my volleyball jersey number is #3. This is my first year attending Illinois Central College (ICC) and my first year playing volleyball at ICC as well. I am a sophomore transfer student that transferred from Kaskaskia College. I attended Kaskaskia College for my first year of college where I played volleyball as well. I decided to come back home for personal reasons, but I could not be happier with the decision I made. I love being back home with family and I am beyond blessed to be given the opportunity to attend ICC as a student and to play volleyball for them as well.
Moving on, I’ll tell you guys a few things about me. My favorite sport to play and watch is volleyball of course. If I had to choose a chore to do around the house it would be vacuuming the house because I would turn on some good tunes and dance and sing while vacuuming. In five years, I see myself finishing graduate school to become a pediatric physical therapist. The reasons I play volleyball is because I love the game and have so much passion for, but also for my family. My family have been my biggest supporters since day one and I whenever I hit the court for practice and games, I strive to make my family proud. If I could live anywhere it would be Dallas, Texas and my biggest heroes are my mom and grandma. They are the strongest women I know and I hope to be like them some day!
Being a student athlete is hard and rewarding at the same time. The classes I am taking require a lot of time as well as volleyball. Trying to balance them is challenging, but the coaches make it easier for us. The coaches are very understanding when it comes to school because our first priority as a student athlete is school. The coaches constantly tell us that it is school first then volleyball, which I love because if I need a little more time to study or to do homework or if tutoring sessions run a little past practice time, the coaches understand and are happy we’re getting what needs to be done, done on and off the court!
As for the team and I, we have been working really hard to get where we are. We are currently ranked 6th in the nation and we are continuing to work hard to get even further. We have been working on speeding up our game tempo, working on different plays with different lineups, playing next to someone we usually don’t play next to, working on different things we haven’t done before, trying new things, etc. Our hard work is paying off. We’re winning our games with focus, determination, and leaving everything we have on the floor. Speaking of the team, the ICC volleyball team, has welcomed a new member, Isaiah Anthony-weighing 8lbs 1oz, 19.5”. Our assistant/setting coach, Paloma Simundic, had baby Isaiah a few days ago and we are very excited for coach Paloma and her family. We can’t wait to meet him!
Before I end the blog, I wanted to say that being a part of the Illinois Central College volleyball team has been an amazing experience so far. The team welcomed me with open arms without any questions or judgement and I couldn’t appreciate them more. I have made so many friends and have had a great time with the girls. My teammates and coaches are my family on and off the court.
Be sure to come out and watch us play at home on
Wednesday night 6 pm versus Lincoln Land. Go Cougs!