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A movie moment

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Taylor Wilmot described it as a movie moment, the first time she saw a teammate in the gym after six months of separation following the lockdown that cut short her volleyball club season in March 2020. 

“We ran up to each other like out of a movie and gave each other a big hug” said Wilmot, a senior at Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria who plays for her high school team and a traveling club team, Virginia Elite. 

In a normal year, Wilmot, who has played volleyball since third grade, has a packed schedule, with the high school season running from August until November, when tryouts for her club team begin. 

After a summer of lockdown, team workouts on Zoom and bumping the ball with her younger sister, also a volleyball player, Wilmot entered her senior year with an uncertain season ahead. The school began to allow in-person practices through the fall, but students only could attend the days they had in-person classes. With the hybrid model, that meant the team never had its full roster at a practice.

In the spring, she got a little taste of a senior season when the school permitted a modified schedule for fall sports. The team played three games in front of a handful of people in person, including her parents, as well as friends and family who watched the livestream. The team went undefeated. 

“Being able to play with pretty much the same girls the past three years has been super special,” she said. “I know a lot of girls that didn’t have a senior season at all, so I’m just really grateful we were able to make something work.”

After graduation, Wilmot will study law at the University of Arizona with a Navy ROTC scholarship and then join the U.S. Navy as an officer, the first woman in her family to join the military.

“I always kind of had that desire to serve my country,” she said.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2021