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MOUNT WASHINGTON - The game of volleyball requires a lot of thinking on your feet.
For Brittany Gajdik, it is the mental aspect of the game which intrigues her.
And her ability to think out on the court and her athletic ability will allow Gajdik to play on the next level.
The Bullitt East senior recently signed her letter of intent to play volleyball at Brescia College in Owensboro.
The daughter of Steve and Michelle started playing volleyball at the age of nine. She also played softball but discovered in high school that volleyball would be her sport of choice.
“I like the strategy of volleyball,” said Gajdik.
Her mother, who would later become the head volleyball coach at Bullitt East, encouraged her introduction into the sport.
Despite have a coach/mom and assistant coach/dad on the sidelines, Brittany said the arrangement worked well for her.
“It made things easier,” said Brittany. “I knew what she wanted us to do on the floor.”
Having a team of experienced players who knew the game allowed Bullitt East to be successful, said Brittany.
Each year, she felt her game improved and as a junior she started to believe that she could play in college.
In Brescia, Brittany found a school that was the right size and was also close enough to home. The NAIA school plays some matches in the area and it is close enough for family to watch her play.
Traveling isn’t anything new. As she progressed, had the chance to play on travel teams in Lexington.
In assessing her own skills, Brittany said she knows the game and has the ability to talk and be a leader on the floor.
Her coach agreed.
“She understands the game,” said Michelle. “It is important for players to understand the game.”
As a mom, Michelle said it was more difficult to watch as a parent than to be the coach.
It was her expectation that Brittany would be good enough to play at the collegiate level.
As the coach, Gajdik said having players sign with colleges is important. It shows the younger players that hard work can pay off and it also provides a bit of pride for those involved in the program.
Brittany became the third player to sign a volleyball scholarship in the past two years from Bullitt East.
The 17-year-old plans to major in speech language/pathology and she hopes to continue her involvement in the sport after college by coaching at some level.
She expects to have an opportunity to earn playing time as a freshman.
“I just have to continue to work hard,” said Gajdik.