Seniors Kaylee Robbins, Joelle Fontaine and Janielliz Cuadrado give each other a hug during senior night.

Aaliyah Baez

Volleyball Makes Unbreakable Bond

November 26, 2017

Seniors Joelle Fontaine, Kaylee Robbins and Janielliz Cuadrado can thank volleyball for building their strong bond with one another since middle school.

When Joelle Fontaine was on junior varsity in middle school, she said her, Kaylee, and Janielliz were not close friends.

“We knew of each other, but playing together built an unbreakable bond,” said Fontaine.

Volleyball would continue to build their relationship overtime.

“I will be forever grateful for this sport because it gave me unforgettable memories, and great friends,” Cuadrado said.

From meeting at Horizon Middle School, to going through all of high school together, these female athletes have stuck together.

“We’ve literally been through everything, seen everything, and done everything as one,” said Joelle Fontaine, who plays outside hitter for the Eagles varsity volleyball team.

These girls have grown together so much as a whole, that they know each other’s moves before they are made.

“It’s really rare at Poinciana, especially for volleyball, to come in for all four years and play from freshman to senior year,” said Vince Dyer, who is the volleyball coach.

Dyer said it is very special that the girls have been able to grow together for so many years, and build so many great memories.

Not only did the girls play on their middle school and high school team together, but they played on a volleyball club team together as well.

“We’re really good at adjusting to a new team every year just because we have each other at least,” Fontaine said.

“Each year I came into the season feeling a sense of preparedness and excitement because playing together meant dedication not only for the sport, but my teammates as well,” said Robbins who is the team captain.

Whenever there are group activities at practice, the girls always want to be on each other’s teams.

Volleyball has shaped their friendship and strengthened their bond over the years.

They play together on the court all the time because they are a part of the starting six.

Robbins is a setter, and every set she makes is pushed to either Fontaine or Cuadrado.

“These years have given us an unremarkable chemistry on the court, said Cuadrado, who goes by the nickname “Jayjay”.

“As teammates – and as best friends – having similar goals and working together to reach them is the healthiest motivation and competition.”

Aaliyah Baez
(From Left) Seniors Kaylee Robbins, Joelle Fontaine and Janielliz Cuadrado, who have played volleyball together since middle school, have become best friends.

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