Before starting our season, we always get together and come up with the goals that we intend to meet within the season.
This year in particular, we’re aiming high and working harder than ever to accomplish them. Our first goal? Taking gold at our own Bulldog Harvest Tournament.
This tournament took place on Saturday at home. The morning session of pool play had improved from the year before, but we knew that we’d have to really kick it into gear when we played Northern during our second match. After splitting the match with Northern and coming out second in our pool, we proceeded to the quarterfinals. Another match, another win and we were off to semis.
It felt like deja vu when we played a really intense game against the same team as the year prior: Bermudian Springs. After starting off down 11-1, we made a comeback and took the match. Once again we were in the finals.
Long story short, we were able to check off the first goal on our list after claiming the championship game.
Without our great teamwork and love for each other as a team, none of this would have been possible. That goal was the first of many to be accomplished this coming season by the Bulldogs.
Hectic is a simple way to describe what being a student athlete is like.
Trying to balance practices, games, school work, a job and other extracurricular’s takes an intricate system that I don’t think anyone knows how to work. Although you’re up late most nights and driving yourself insane trying to do your best at all of it, these are the times that you have to captivate.
One day all of those three-game weeks will go away and those late nights will focus on different things. The more into the season we get, the more sentimental it becomes. Some of these lasts make you realize why you joined this sport in the first place, how it changed you and molded you into the player/person you are now.
Soon you won’t be a student athlete, but while you are, make it the best experience possible.
For anyone who has ever played a team sport they’ll know that teamwork really does make the dream work.
With a sport like volleyball, there’s six people that have to use a limit of three touches in order to score. If you work as one unit you can pass, set and slam the ball down for a point, but any time one of those six players steps out of the group, errors are made.
Teamwork is something that is just as important off of the court as it is on the court. The majority of our varsity team has been together since the beginning. We spend a lot of time together outside of volleyball so it’s easy to say we’re a close-knit group of friends.
When you get along with your teammates it makes the world of difference. Not only does it make playing the game easier, but it also makes it a lot more fun.
As my senior season dwindles down, I’ve begun to wonder what I’m going to do when volleyball is eventually not the main part of my life.
While watching our alumni play in their annual game yesterday, I realized that it never leaves you. Volleyball is something that is always a part of you, no matter how long it’s been since it was a part of your daily routine. I found it amazing how our alumni just seemed to jump back into the swing of things — from those who had just previously graduated, to those who graduated up to 20 years ago.
Volleyball is just like riding a bike — you never forget. Every senior athlete will surely miss their sport after it’s over, but it’s good to know that it’ll never really be gone.
Practice really does make perfect, but what do you do when there aren’t any practices to go to?
To stay in your athletic prime there is no “offseason.” Time and dedication can make or break an athlete’s performance. My advice for anyone who wants to improve at whatever they do is to workout, join a club team and stay focused.
Personally, I saw the most improvement in my abilities after joining my club team P.R.E.V.A.I.L. Learning your sport from multiple coaches in your career gives you the largest perspective. This helped me test my limits with new skills, as well as improving on ones I already had. If you want to get better just practice, practice, practice.
Sportsmanship is something that is meant to reflect all parties involved in every sport.
This previous week our team was faced with a challenge where this idea of sportsmanship was not involved in the opposing team’s game plan. The Bulldogs are a team that knows what is right and how to respect every aspect of the game.
Even after being faced with the ungracefulness of our opponents, we held our composure and showed who the real winners are — not the ones based on the games’ score. Playing true to yourself is more important than winning any game.
Monday is our senior night and it feels like a major part of me is beginning to slip away. Although there will still be club season and then college, this is a part of my life that I will never get back. I have been playing with the same girls for the past seven years and the unbreakable bonds made over those years are truly indescribable.
I can’t begin how to explain how much I’ll miss all of this and all of the people involved. Playing my last game in Big Spring’s gym on Monday will be nothing but sentimental.
It’s time for districts. We are sitting in the 14th spot and will most likely play the third-ranked team, Lower Dauphin.
Going back to one of my first articles about checking off goals, consider this another goal met. Making it to districts was one of the final goals that we set out to accomplish at the beginning of the season, and here we are.
Throughout this full week of practice, we’ll prepare for the most important game of our season. No matter the result of the game on Saturday, our new goal is to just to play as a team and to have as much fun as we possibly can.