This Maryland high school player profiles series is presented by the U.S. Army.
By Alex Peters, CountySportsZone.com
Nathan Goh, a junior volleyball player at Clarksburg High School (Md.), was nominated for the Maryland high school player profiles series by Clarksburg volleyball coach Dawn Dickinson.
“He leads by example and continually helps teammates on and off the court and with academics also,” Dickinson said. “He plays club volleyball year-round on an elite team that’s qualified for nationals every year he’s been at Clarksburg.”
Goh recently competed in the Chesapeake Wave Junior Beach doubles beach volleyball national qualifier in Ocean City, Md. Despite playing up in the 18-year-old age group, Goh and partner Dylan Mulvaney finished second and earned a bid to the 18-year-old open division of the boys’ national beach championships.
“His whole family plays volleyball, and he’s a role model to his three younger siblings who play as well and look up to him,” Dickinson said.
Goh answered some questions about winning the award.
CountySportsZone: What is your favorite thing about playing volleyball?
Nathan Goh: I love the team aspect of it. I’ve played a bunch of sports, including baseball and basketball, but in volleyball, no one can carry the team. I love the team chemistry that comes from the sport.
CSZ: You play both beach and indoor volleyball. Do you prefer one more than the other?
NG: I’ve only played beach volleyball for a few weeks, but I prefer indoor. I love playing [6v6] because you can do more things on offense and defense. A lot of times with just two players, it’s hard to get a rhythm going. [6v6] is also more flashy, which I like.
CSZ: Do you have a favorite memory from playing volleyball?
NG: Yes, when I was 10 years old, I was playing up in my first club league. It was for a 14U team and it was a really tight game. I had the game-winning kill, and that’s when I fell in love with the sport.
CSZ: What is your favorite subject to study in school?
NG: I would say psychology. I think it’s interesting to see how much the brain does for our bodies, everything that is controlled throughout. I’m excited to learn more about it.
CSZ: What are your plans for after high school?
NG: My dream is to play Division I volleyball. Right now I have a few schools looking at me, but I’m excited to continue my high school and club career. I’m trying not to get ahead of myself. Wherever I end up, I’m thinking about a business degree. However, I’m not exactly set on any major in particular right now.
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Photo Credit: Cindy Goh