Aug. 8, 2017
The 2017 Virginia volleyball team has started preseason training and our student-athletes will be providing insight each day. The Cavaliers open the season in Memorial Gymnasium with the Cavalier Classic on Friday, Aug. 25.
Monday, August 21 – Junior Harley Sebastian
Sunday, August 20 – Sophomore Jennifer Wineholt
Saturday, August 19 – Senior Haley Fauntleroy
Friday, August 18 – Freshman Alexandra Spencer
Thursday, August 17 – Sophomore Kelsey Miller
Wednesday, August 16 – Freshman Hannah Barcus
With just nine days until our season opener against Hofstra, our mission is to perfect our game to the highest level with each practice we attend. We started with a quick but strenuous lift that left everyone sweating and warm for our later practice. Practice started off with a slow pace, but we were able to pick up the speed and energy after the first two drills. We finished with “baseball” which allowed everyone’s competitive sides come out. We made some great plays and impressive attempts to try to play every ball. Overall, practice was successful and everyone left a better volleyball player than they were before practice!
Tuesday, August 15 – Freshman Sarah Billiard
Monday, August 14 – Sophomore Jelena Novakovic
Sunday, August 13 – Sophomore Caroline Scrafford
Today was a day off for the uva volleyball team. We’ve been getting in the gym every day for the past week, and I know a few of us wanted to get in the gym today as well, but being an athlete means taking care of our bodies as well as pushing them. That means taking care of injuries with ice, rest, and rehab, eating and sleeping well every day, and giving our muscles ample time to recover for the next part of our training. Today was a day of active rest. Whether we swam a few laps in the pool, or got in a portion of cardio, each of us got in a light workout to kickstart the recovery process and be ready for the next week. I’m so excited to get in the gym again tomorrow with my fellow HOOs!!
Saturday, August 12 – Sophomore Chino Anukwuem
Day five complete! Today we had a lighter practice focusing on serving and passing, and understanding seams. We also implemented middles into the drill to work on timing with the setter. Most of us are learning new serves and still trying to figure out the timing and connection with the setter, therefore we all have to make sure we have a growth mindset, which we learned about yesterday with Dr. Egan. Since we are well into preseason, many of us are sore and tired, but we all understand that this is a process and we are all growing together, so we always push each other, which was evident in today’s in practice. We have an off day tomorrow, but can’t wait to get back in the gym on Monday!
Friday, August 11 – Junior Olivia Wolodkewitsch
Day four is in the books! During the first practice we split by position. We had the chance to learn many new things and get a ton of reps. Before the second practice started we met with our sports psychiatrist, Dr. Egan. She gave us very good insight about fixed and growth perspectives. Many players contributed ideas on how we can help get our teammates out of a fixed mindset during a match. We then had our second practice of the night. It involved a lot of competing and implementing the skills we have been working on during our preseason. Now- heading to bed early for tomorrow’s morning practice! Go Hoos!!
Thursday, August 10 – Freshman Megan Wilson
So today was defense day for our only practice for the day. We lifted earlier and had a short break before afternoon practice. A lot of people groan when they hear that the focus of the day is defense, but the whole team had high energy and was really excited to hit the floor. We did everything from full on dives to pancakes, as well as blocking. I think it was a really fast pace practice where everyone was focused and determined to get the ball up, and we will definitely keep that mindset in matches.
Wednesday, August 9 – Sophomore Kiley Banker
Today was a great growing day for our team on and off the court. We started off with a team breakfast at 8 am and got in the gym shortly after. After working hard in the gym we met with our nutritionist, Brooke, who informed us about the best foods to fuel our body and how to incorporate them in our diets.
After our lunch break we had another session. We split up the courts to focus on individual training and brought it all together at the end. To finish our day, we met with our sports psychologist to discuss expectations and how to transform all our energy into a good team atmosphere. Overall, another great day to be a Hoo!
Tuesday, August 8 – Sophomore Kat Young
Today was the first day of actual volleyball this preseason. I’ve been so excited to get in the gym with everyone after a summer of us all being kind of scattered. We had two practices today! I’d say we shook off some initial nerves during the first one and started getting more and more competitive and having good energy. This group is very supportive and it is easy to see that it benefits all of us on the court. We played a lot of 6 vs 6, which was a super cool way to see where we are as a team. We got a solid lift in right after that practice and had a quick lunch break (got some Jimmy Johns!).
Our next practice, we started out a lot slower than the first one, but we eventually picked it up and got competitive. We focused a lot on serving tough and went over the various ways to get other teams out of system from the service line. Everyone got better today and we are definitely headed in the right direction as a team. I love the passion and energy that my teammates bring to the gym, and I can’t wait to see where we go in the next couple weeks.
Monday, August 7 – Sophomore Jane Horner
It was rather humid and rainy Charlottesville morning, however, UVA volleyball was MORE than ready for picture day! As we walk into our locker room, our new “vintage” jerseys await us! Picture day 2017 completely outdid picture day 2016! After taking our team picture in front of the historically recognized Memorial Gymnasium, we head over to JPJ for some media relations action. We are welcomed by a giant green screen and UVA stage area. Our videos and interviews were WAYYYY more fun than the headshots.
After 3 long hours of feeling like movie stars, we were finally headed to Coach Aaron’s house where delicious Italian food awaited us. We discussed our team rules and expectations and were all on the same page (literally) and same place for the first time all year! We were all in agreement that we are so stoked for preseason and pumped to see where this year takes us! Go hoos!!!