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Athlete’s Voices: Amy Zimmer, Episode 1. St. John’s Volleyball

by Guest | Posted on Friday, April 18th, 2014 has partnered with some local athlete’s to develop this great column titled, Athlete’s Voices. In this column, some of your favorite local athletes will share their lives with you, both on and off the playing surface. Each athlete will post a blog, once a month, updating you on their latest happenings. Today’s post is by Amy, a member of the St. John’s Women’s Volleyball Team. Follow Amy, as she will post a blog on the 18th of every month.

Amy Zimmer

Amy Zimmer

I’m just a small town girl who’s chasing her dreams in New York. Playing Division 1 volleyball, studying towards a degree in communications, and chasing my dream of becoming a broadcaster is what I do. There’s so much I could write about, but first I want to introduce myself.

I’m listed as a sophomore middle hitter from a small town called Port Huron, MI on the St. John’s University Volleyball roster, and I proudly wear my favorite number 18. We are currently in our off-season, but we’re just as busy in the spring as we are in the fall. Lifting and practicing is always on the agenda with one goal in mind: winning a Big East Championship. Spring season also calls for tournaments that give us the opportunity to play non-conference teams.

That being said, last week was possibly one of the biggest weekends St. John’s Volleyball has ever had. On April 13th, the 2013 NCAA National Volleyball Champions, Penn State, stepped on our court to scrimmage us. This day has been circled on my calendar since we returned from winter break. Not only was this day circled because of Penn State, but it was also a goal of mine to be cleared to play volleyball again since October 22nd. I am just returning from a season ending injury, but I’ll reflect more on that later. All I knew was that there was no way I was going to miss the opportunity to play Penn State. Penn State has won a total of six national titles now. I have looked up to this team since I was a little girl and always dreamed of playing them.

Amy Zimmer, featured in a white t-shirt, and Nia Grant, on her left, align themselves for a block against Penn State's hitters.

Amy Zimmer, featured in a white t-shirt, and Nia Grant, on her left, align themselves for a block against Penn State’s hitters.

On Sunday, not only did we scrimmage Penn State, but their Assistant Coach Salima Davidson also took us through their practice routine. It was awesome to change it up by learning new drills and practicing with a different team. To be high fiving and competing with nationally ranked players was an honor and a great opportunity to improve. I truly believe there was no better way to come back from a 6-month injury than starting out by playing Penn State!

St. John's volleyball scrimmages and practices with Penn State.

St. John’s Volleyball team scrimmages and practices with Penn State.

I am beyond grateful to be back playing with my team and doing what I love after a long time of healing and working hard to get back on the court. Trust me, this was not a common injury! I have faced more adversity than the average athlete should have to during their career, but it has only made me stronger. I hope by sharing this blog that I will help and inspire others to never give up. It’s hasn’t been an easy road to get where I am today, but I wouldn’t want it any other way! To learn more about my journey and to find out more about my injury, come back and revisit my blog on May 18th (my birthday)!


Until next time, catch all my updates on:


Facebook/ Amy Zimmer

Twitter/ @amyzimmer

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  1. joanne says:

    What a fantastic first time “blog”. I feel like I was there with you in the gym -because you explain it so well and from the heart! Good luck number 18th – Keep dreaming big- and doing the hard work to get there!

  2. Juan R Martinez says:

    I love nothing more than reading sports articles written by active athletes. It offers an insight that only they can offer. Looking forward to following your column in the future.

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