STORRS, Conn. - Preseason practices continue for the University of Connecticut volleyball team, as the season-opening match against Sacramento State on Friday, Aug. 25 rapidly approaches.
Leading up to the first serve against the Hornets, the Huskies will be providing practice blogs to deliver insight into the progress being made by the team.
Under fourth-year head coach Kris Grunwald, UConn looks to take another step forward in 2017.
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"The beginning of preseason has given us seniors a glimpse of what the season has to offer.
The first day consisted of a few meetings; compliance, athletic training, and a meeting with a sports psychologist. Our sports psychologist, Dr. Tiff, exposed a lot of different things about our team finding our team identity to help us get to where we want to be this fall. Dr. Tiff evaluated us individually, as well as a team, all while completing a drill specifically designed for us. Following this drill, we had a team meeting where we discussed what we had learned about ourselves in the drill.
The second day was when we could get into the gym for the first time. The coaches wanted us to play and see what chemistry we had as a new Huskies team. We played and got the rust off all while having a super fun time. Additionally, we tested with our strength coach, Coach D, the first two days back to establish a baseline of where we are strength wise to start the season.
The first session of day three was all play, meaning Dr. Tiff was able to evaluate as a team on the court. So far, it has been such a fun and competitive environment to play in. After this we had another evaluation of our team that made us realize the potential that we have, as the team discussed, it is our decision if we decide to act upon it.
The fourth day was split up by position; we worked on tactical things that the freshman needed to learn such as the systems that we play with. Later that day, we were back on the court for more team vs. team play. It’s always so much fun to play and get our mind off of the more technical parts of volleyball, not to mention, it also helps make the time pass faster.
We ended our first week of preseason in a similar way; we did positional work in the first session while the second session was all based on play. We played this new game called “don’t drop the baby” that took a little while to get used to, but after we figured out a technique to the game, it was a really fun way to stay focused and get competitive. Overall, our preseason has definitely been demanding but if we continue to work as we are and connect as a team, we can do a lot of things this season."