Going out to eat, catching a movie or reading a good book are hobbies for many people.
But when you throw in winning the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year Award during freshman year and maintaining a 3.75 GPA, things start to get a little tough.
But for senior co-captain Yamit Haba, it’s all in a day’s work.
Born in Israel, Haba started playing volleyball when she was 12. She signed up for a volleyball class in school and took an immediate liking to the intensity and teamwork involved.
She also appreciated that there was no physical contact, which is why she is so comfortable on the court.
After moving to the United States less than four years ago, Haba has adjusted well to life here.
Even though she did not want to come to the States, Haba was offered a scholarship to Temple while she served in the Israeli Army and played for the national team.
Moving from one country to another was a big challenge.
Haba, 23, says her positive attitude on the volleyball court has helped her stay focused. Along with capturing A-10 honors, she was an integral part to the Owls’ success as conference champions last season.
As one of the main hitters and leaders on the team, Haba keeps everyone intact, both on and off the court.
“She is like the mom of the team,” freshman Linsey Morningstar said, “She takes care of us, and her positive attitude keeps things looking up for us, even though we may be doing bad.”
That positive attitude keeps the business finance and marketing major on track.
“She brings leadership as well as a nurturing and caring-type attitude to the team,” coach Bob Bertucci said.
This season’s rough start has excited Haba about the rest of the year and has made her even more determined to do well.
“During volleyball season I am only focused on school and volleyball,” Haba said.
Beating Penn State last year and winning the A-10 championship will always be memorable moments in her volleyball career, she said.
Along with her success on the court, Haba is proud of her high GPA, which, coming from another country, was a bit difficult for her to achieve.
“I have been overwhelmed by the amount of people I have met at Temple and in Philadelphia,” Haba said.
So far her experience at Temple has been better than she ever expected.
Since arriving, Haba has been very happy to meet so many different people from so many different countries.
After her stint on the team ends, Haba says she wants to continue to learn more about business and keep her focus in life.
Haba hopes to leave the young players on the team with a positive attitude and the competitive spirit that has made her successful.
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