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2022-23 Player Profile: Aryana Girvan, Clarion Powered by Icyy Ink

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ARYANA GIRVAN – SENIOR – CLARION

Sports Played: Volleyball (3 letters)
Parents Names: Nathan and Tracy Girvan
Siblings: Sister Kyara (19); Brother Daunte (16)
Social Media Handles: Instagram:@aryana_girvan
2021-22 Highlights: Named All-State; All-District; All-KSAC in volleyball after helping Clarion to a second straight PIAA Class 1A title as well as the District 9 Class 1A championship. Was 2nd on the team with 2.4 kills per set while adding 85 digs, 14 blocks, 11 aces; Had 10 kills and 6 digs in the PIAA title match vs. Sacred Heart
College Athletics plan if applicable: It’s always been a dream of mine to play a sport at the next level. When I was younger basketball was my main sport and I wanted to make it big playing basketball. Until I played volleyball for the first time and I immediately fell in love with it. I am not quite sure where I would like to play yet but I plan on playing volleyball at the next level out of state

         

Q&A

Q: What was the first sport you played? Why did you play it? Did you like it?
A: As a child, I was very involved with many different things. I started off with dance but as I got older I switched to gymnastics because my sister did it, of course, I wanted to be just like her. I was a competitive gymnast from 7 years old to 12 years old. I absolutely loved it but .unfortunately. my sister suffered a pretty severe fall and was not able to compete anymore and I didn’t want to do it without her.

Q: What is the most important factor in you being successful in high school athletics?
A: Being a high school athlete is very challenging, As an athlete, you want to succeed. and with that comes many different factors. For me staying healthy is very important whether it is stretching at night. icing after practices, lifting in the off-season. The most important thing is paying attention to my mental health and knowing when to take a break.

     

Q: What is your favorite non-sports “go-to” activity?
A: My favorite non-sport activity would have to be hanging out with my friends and family, although many times we start playing a sport while together.

Q: You could meet one sports figure, living or dead (1) who would it be and (2) what is the first thing you would ask them?
A: One sports figure I would love to meet is Simone Biles. She has completely shocked the world with her athletic ability but she is also an advocate for mental health. What she did in the Olympics says a lot about her, as well as her character, and sometimes everyone needs a break. The first thing I would ask her would be “How has your mentality changed on your sport growing up?”

Q: What is your favorite sport and if you could change one thing about your favorite sport, what would it be?
A: My favorite sport is definitely volleyball. Although I love this sport, one thing I would change would be some people’s perspective of the sport. Many people think it is easy and not hard work. But of all the sports I have played throughout my lifetime, volleyball has been one of the more challenging ones and I want more people to realize that it’s more than just hitting a ball over a net.

   

Q: If you could eat any food in the world right now, what would it be?
A: I know this is very weird, but I have an obsession with broccoli and I could eat it today, tomorrow, and for the rest of my life.

Q: What is your ideal vacation spot?
A: My ideal vacation would have to be Vietnam, if you don’t know I am half Vietnamese and I would love to learn more about my culture in the “traditional” environment

Q: Is there anything you wish we would have asked you? If so, what is the question/answer?
A: What has been your biggest setback? My biggest setback has been my unfortunate medical issues throughout this past year. I was worried I would never get to do what I loved ever again and it was very scary. I wasn’t able to play volleyball for a while and not only is volleyball just a sport but it’s my escape from everything. If something is going wrong in my life the moment I put a volleyball in my hands everything just disappears. I was not able to go full out in practices for a few weeks right before my last-ever club tournament so I was worried that I would not play very well. However, my teammates and my community have done nothing but treat me normally, and also have given me help when I needed it. As for my teammates, they really stepped up and made sure that they had my back on and off the court. I don’t really see this as a so-called “setback” though. I see it as more of a lesson and it has taught me so much.

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