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Danielle Walsh poses for a photo during the Chrismtas break in Corner Brook.
CORNER BROOK No matter how much fun she has on the volleyball court, Danielle Walsh loves being surrounded by family and friends during Christmas.
The 19-year-old Corner Brook native is home for the holidays for a deserved break from the volleyball court with the St. Anne‚Äôs Dragons women‚Äôs volleyball team in the Atlantic College Athletic Association.
The talented Corner Brook High graduate, only in her second season with the Dragons, arrived home Dec. 14 but will have to head back to Nova Scotia Jan. 4 to join the Dragons.
Home for the holidays is something she looks forward to every year, especially since she began her pursuit of post-secondary education two years ago.
‚ÄúI love being home,‚ÄĚ Walsh said of being in the city for the festive season. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm just going to hang out with family and catch up with friends.‚ÄĚ
She will enjoy catching up with friends and share in the traditions of the season, but Christmas Eve provides her with one of her special moments of the holiday season. That‚Äôs when she gets to enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal with her loved ones at the home of Mickey and Veronica Walsh ‚ÄĒ her proud grandparents who still reside in the city.
‚ÄúSupper with the family Christmas Eve is always nice,‚ÄĚ Walsh said after a busy afternoon getting ready for the big day.
The Dragons, like in her rookie campaign, got off to a slow start and sit in sixth place out of seven teams with a 1-5 record heading into the Christmas break. In her rookie campaign, the Dragons went into the Christmas break with a 3-4 record and turned it up a notch after Christmas to finish the season sixth overall with a 6-12 record.
Despite being in the lower echelons at the holiday break, Walsh believes the Dragons will be just fine with a bit of work and things should improve in the second half.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre a lot stronger than we were last year, but we just can‚Äôt seem to finish right now, but I think after Christmas everything is going to start to come together,‚ÄĚ Walsh said while home for the holidays.
She believes things will get better as the team becomes a close-knit group. Patience is a virtue she believes every Dragon has to have moving forward.
‚ÄúWe just have to start working together as a team,‚ÄĚ‚Äąshe said. ‚ÄúWe get so far and then we fall apart a bit, but I think ater Christmas things will look better and that‚Äôs what happened to us last year too.‚ÄĚ
Walsh was a dominant force on the hardcourt for the Dragons in her rookie season. She won female athlete of the year at St. Anne‚Äôs and also got the nod as the Dragons Most Valuable Player. She earned selection to the ACAA second all-star team to make school officials look like geniuses when was selected recruit of the year.
However, Walsh isn‚Äôt one to rest on her laurels. Her goal heading into her second season was to improve her stock as a volleyball player and she feels she‚Äôs accomplished that goal.
‚ÄúI probably need to work on my offence because it‚Äôs a bit off from last year, but that‚Äôs where I played defence all summer for the Canada Games team, but other than that things are going well,‚ÄĚ she said.