Pilivi Brings Determination to Game

By: Lisa S. Icenogle

Jessica Pilivi comes from a goal-oriented family, and that is why, she says, she describes herself as determined. “My dad has ingrained into my siblings and me to be determined and to get what we wanted in life,” she says.

The 5’10” sophomore outside hitter hails from West Jordan, Utah, and came to the attention of Angel Sharman through Pilivi’s volleyball club coach who knows Sharman. “Coach Sharman watched me play in a tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada,” Pilivi says.

Originally planning to be an athletic trainer, Pilivi spent some time with her dental hygienist aunt and liked what she saw. She switched majors and is now taking classes to become a dental hygienist herself. She says that Coach Sharman is “working to get us to other schools and play volleyball at the university level.” If that doesn’t work out, then Pilivi will head back to Utah to attend school. After that, she plans to enter the workforce.

Pilivi’s most inspirational person is her mom, who she says “works really hard and tries her hardest at everything she does. I try to be that way, too.” She says that her dad is her mentor because “he just knows anything and could always tell me, for instance, what I needed to fix – he is like my life coach.” As the oldest, Pilivi always tries to do the right thing because she knows that her younger brother and sister “watch whatever I do.”

Casper College is, says Pilivi, “A great school. Casper is a small community, but everyone is friendly.”

Media contact: Lisa S. Icenogle

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