By Molly Hayden, U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr Public AffairsMay 24, 2011
GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- Capt. Danielle Cork has a love affair with volleyball.
"It starts with a pass, the setter sets the ball, the hitter hits it -- it's a lot of finesse," she said. "You have to have the right touch, the right fluid motion."
Cork went on to describe the athletic enterprise as the "ultimate team sport," comparing it to her current position in the Army as an adjutant general officer with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 172nd Infantry Brigade.
"We're a team and if we have successes within our team, it's a success for everyone," said Cork. "Just like on the court."
It was perhaps this attitude that pushed Cork and her fellow teammates on the All-Army Women's Volleyball team to bring home the gold for the indoor competition at the 2011 Armed Forces Volleyball championships held at the Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, N.C., April 6-15. The team was undefeated with a 6-0 record.
"We had a great team, we played well together," said Cork. "In the month we had to practice we scrimmaged almost every day. I think that was what helped us win. In order to be competitive you have to play together, drills can only take you so far."
Twelve years after starting her volleyball career, eight years after gaining a full scholarship to play for West Point Academy and two years after joining the All-Army Women's Volleyball team, Cork's career as an Army athlete has spiked even further.
Through hard work and dedication to the sport, Cork will be Army Europe's sole representative heading to the 2011 Military World Games to play on the All-Armed Forces team.
The 2011 Military World Games will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the third week of July. The 5th Military World Games will host approximately 4,900 athletes from more than 100 countries competing in 24 sports.
For Cork, the competition will be tough.
"We have about two weeks to practice together as a team," said Cork, who will play with many of her teammates for the first time during this event. "We're playing against teams whose job is to play volleyball and nothing else, and they play together year-round.
"But we are dedicated to the sport and to our team," added Cork. "I'm happy to represent the Army and I'm happy to represent Graf."