By Melany Rico
When a player thinks about his or her favorite memory about playing a sport, it is typically about a victory.
Unless you’re Alyssa Porras, whose favorite memory revolves solely around a Senior Night loss to Sunrise Mountain in her sophomore year.
“Even though we lost, it was our best game,” said Porras, now a junior.
It is a testament to Porras’ attitude and desire to get better, as Porras was named Chaparral’s Athlete of the Month for the month of September.
“She embodies everything every Chap athlete should be like. She’s very unselfish and really cares about her team and school,” Chaparral coach Keala Enomoto said. “It shows not only on the court, but in her grades as well”
Porras has been a part of Chaparral’s volleyball program since her freshman year and has been on varsity for the past two seasons. Enomoto described her as a hard worker and a natural leader, displaying the traits needed to be successful.
“She listens to directions, not only does she listen but she wants to understand why,” he said. “That’s usually what leaders do. They don’t take someone’s word for it. They do their research and try to figure it out for themselves.”
The drive to succeed and get better has paid off. This season, Porras has a team-best 114 kills to go with 77 assists and 36 aces.
“The first time I saw her figure it out, was when she hit during club season last year,” Enomoto said. “It’s like a light bulb went off and from there she took off.”
Her talent and dedication leaves an impact on her teammates, even the ones who have played for four years.
“She’s an aggressive, smart player, someone who’s dedicated,” senior Kayla Dusenbery said. “A fighter, and just all around great player.”
Porras aims to study marine biology and attend school at Hawaii Pacific. She hasn’t closed the door on possibly playing volleyball at the next level, but said it’s unlikely due to her height.
“I’d consider it, but it’s nothing something I’m focusing on,” Porras said.