By Brittany Groth, sophomore libero
When the Green Bay volleyball team returned from winter break at the end of January, it jumped right into its winter training which consisted of conditioning, strength training and a couple of hours of volleyball a week. We were limited to 8 hours of training during that time and only two of those hours could be volleyball related. Right before spring break, we started our spring season which meant we were back to 20-hour weeks. We continued to strength train, but increase our hours in the gym, and start preparing for our 2011 season. We are also able to participate in 4 competitions during this time.
Winter is finally over and spring is here! Well...that's what we all thought until we got yet another blizzard in Green Bay when we got back from spring break. Just when the shorts got pulled out and the jackets got put away the storm changed all that!
Despite the weather, the team has been working hard in the off-season. Whether it's rain, sleet, snow or sunshine, we are in the gym bright and early everyday working towards our goals and training to get better. Now that we are into the second half of spring season, we have been spending more time in the gym on volleyball (versus conditioning!) and playing in tournaments on the weekend. We are still strength training because we need to keep getting stronger, but we lift twice a week rather than three times a week due to our weekend tournaments.
The transition from winter to spring went well because our team did an excellent job of taking our winter training and applying it to the spring practices. All those days we thought we were going to pass out from the "county fairs", sprint workouts, kick boxing classes and moment training actually paid off in the end although we are still finding turf in our shoes from our sprint workouts in the turf gym! It is evident in our spring practices that we are well-conditioned, and our movements are quicker and more efficient. So far, our spring practices have been very competitive, which is great because when our team gets at it, it brings out the best in every player. Our Phoenix Cup "scoreboard" helps out with that competitive nature because Coach fills the "prize bag" with the best of gifts ever so we that's really our true motivation! A few weeks back, I won a multi-colored Post-It notepad. Truly "top of the line."
We have two more tournaments to go, and I know our team is going to keep working hard and playing Our Way every day in practice. I am looking forward to kicking some butt at UIC & Northwestern!