We had the chance to talk to Kolby yesterday; his plans have changed a whole bunch. I didn't know how to put it into words so this post is from my dad.
So Kolby's Volleyball Journey is coming to an end today after 4 days of tryouts. The experience was an amazing opportunity for him and he had a great time playing with some really good people and making some new life long friends. The tour didn't live up to the hype and the tryout was under whelming, not a lot of scouts looking and looking for other positions. With the economy like it is there aren't as many opportunities to sign decent contracts to stay and play. The body is tired, shoulders ache, playing at the high level he has for as long as he has taken its toll and it may be time to hang up the volleyball shoes. So after a lot of soul searching and looking back on the last 5 years of volleyball, the amazing places it has taken him, the friends he has met, the relationships and all the memories, he and 4 of his friends from the tour decided to leave and spend their remaining time traveling. They are getting some of their money back and they are going to use it to see the world! They have left and are in Venice today and have spent some significant time studying maps and charting their course but last we heard it sounds like Austria and Switzerland, maybe Norway or Sweden and then back to Rome on the 24th to head home. We are so proud of him and what he has accomplished! We have mixed feelings for him but we missed him a lot so we are super happy he is coming home and won't be gone for a year so that's a plus. He is in a great place mentally and he feels good about his decision. We are so proud of him and what he has accomplished, we are going to miss the tournaments, traveling, games, friends, parents and in general just hanging with him in the gym but we are also excited for what the future holds and having him back home with us. Way to go Kolby! We love you and are so proud of you!