Sunday, August 22, 2004
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the eleventh in a series of daily journals written by Crimson Tide volleyball players. The journals will give a first-hand account of their experiences as they prepare for the 2004 season, and give an inside look at Alabama Volleyball.
“It is not enough to take steps which may some day lead to a goal; each step must be itself a goal and a step likewise.” – Goethe
Well today marks the end of yet another day of preseason. And for those of you who don’t know me yet, I am a quote fanatic. So I thought that I would start off with one and keep referring back to it throughout my journal.
Today was a challenge for the team not only mentally but also physically. We started off with a ball control drill that took us a little longer then we had hoped, but turned around at the evening practice and got it done right away. In the morning practice we worked a lot on defense and how we would defend certain attacks. It was a refresher for some and a review for all. And a big goal for us this season as a team is to improve on our defense. That’s something that we work hard to focus on everyday.
We also worked on serving zones. Trying to serve the end line and the deep zones were our goals. We tried to focus on the little things about serving and that helped us out a lot as the drill went on. The team ended up on a higher note at the end of the first session then where we had started, which is always a plus in my book. Then we all headed back to the team room, coaches, staff and players, for our lunch.
That leads me to our evening session, which was really effective. Oh yeah and before it, I got my first massage and it was awesome!!! (Thanks April you’re the best!) We worked on our side out offense which was fun for all, and then played a little six on six. This means that the hitters got to let loose and swing full tilt and that means that it was on!! During our six on six plays, we were placed in different situations and had to play with the parameters that were placed on us. It was a great chance for us to work as a team and find out what we would do if we ever came across those situations. After all is said and done, we improved yet again by the end of the day, which as you can guess is one of our goals. This group of girls is so amazing, talented, and willing to push themselves. These are all important traits to becoming an awesome team. And with that I’ll leave you with one more quote....
“One person can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one person cannot make a team.”
Oh yeah and for all of you who don’t know, line hopping is not a sport at the University of Alabama. And a big shout out to Kory who was our noodle champ!!
Brigitte “Binkie” Slack