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My daughter Tessa is a Senior at Robertson High School. She has always been a great athlete, but always lacked the confidence to be “the man.” She played varsity volleyball and basketball since the 8th grade. Up to her sophomore year, she was always satisfied with being a role player. The summer before her Jr year, we were lucky enough to have Coach VJ have a heart to heart with her. Long story short, Tessa has become one of the best all around athletes in class 3A (NM) for the last 2 yrs. Last year she helped lead her volleyball team to a final 4 in the volleyball state tournament. She also lead her team to the first ever State Basketball Championship in Las Vegas (NM) history. This season, she just recently lead her team to the first ever State Volleyball Championship, the first ever in Las Vegas history as well. She finished the championship game with 22 kills and 6 blocks at the net. We are hoping for a back to back State Championship in Basketball. Since Coach VJ has come into her life, she has earned several individual awards, which include all district and all state selection in both sports. Coach VJ and Tessa have a special relationship and great friendship. Although Coach VJ was busy before the Volleyball Championship game, she took some time off to facetime Tessa and address her entire volleyball team. I'm not sure if Tessa will decide to play either sport in college, but she does have that option now, thanks to Coach VJ. I want to thank Coach for bringing out the best in Tessa. I don't know what they talk about, but whatever it is, Tessa is a complete “Beast” on the court. More importantly, she has become a tremendous leader.  

—Benny Ortiz

Update: Tessa is now playing volleyball at Otero Junior College

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What you think affects how you feel and perform. Training your mind is as important as training your body.