Since this is my first spring season with Missouri Volleyball I have had many new experiences and I have learned a lot from this team. In the beginning of the spring we were working on our individual skills and since I am a defensive specialist I worked with Priscilla Armendariz and Caitlyn Vann. Now for the past 4 weeks we have been having our team practices to get us back in the flow of things and improve our team chemistry. Off the court we have been working hard as well and Coach Paul is always pushing us in the weight room and keeping us in shape. We also have two teams within our whole team (the black and the gold) and we compete against each other in physical and mental challenges to earn points each week. Off the court we can earn points as well for doing things such as extra study hall hours or getting an A on a test. This weekly competition has benefited our team in many ways by helping us improve our competitive sides, but our sportsmanship as well.
We are also very involved with Tiger Cup during this part of the spring by doing many team activities to help the community. We've done everything from helping coach a free youth clinic to baking cookies for the residents at the nursing homes. The experience we have doing community service together has not only made us better individuals but has also made us closer as a team. We spend a lot of time together on the court, but off the court is where our friendships are made and improved.
This upcoming weekend is our first spring tournament in Louisville, Kentucky and the entire team is extremely excited to compete again. I think this weekend will give us a good chance to prove how hard we have been working during this spring. We will also be able to see what aspects of our game we can improve on for the future. Already over these few short months I have seen a great improvement in our team relationships and overall chemistry. This will definitely help us prepare better for the fall and I think we are going to have a much more successful season. Everyone has been working extremely hard and we all aspire for the same goals. We all can not wait for the fall and to see our great fans at our games!