This week on Player's Perspective, Emily Ruetter
wrote about the 3-0 finish at the UTPA Tournament, shared some stories from the trip and filled out a questionnaire.
This past week has been a great week for Texas Tech volleyball. We came back from a long trip in California with three wins and we couldn't have been happier. We had a great week of practice with two lifts and some conditioning, then headed down to Edinburg, Texas to take part in the tournament at UT-Pan American.
We left for Edinburg Thursday afternoon and, after a few short flights, we were thrown into some very hot and humid weather. All the humidity was such a change compared to Lubbock! After some scouting and a short practice Thursday evening, we were more than ready to get competition started Friday morning.
Friday morning we played Texas A&M Corpus Christi, and it was a great game! It took a little while for us to get started, but once we did, we were unstoppable. All of the girls played so well together. The success in the TAMUCC game only continued into our game against UT-Pan American Friday evening. Their gym was packed with fans making it a great atmosphere to play in. It also helped that they played great music throughout warm-up and the game. We were all singing along the whole time! The game against UTPA was our best game of the tournament, as everyone connected perfectly with each other! Our offense was on point and our defense wouldn't let a ball drop. Our final game of the tournament was Saturday morning against Lamar University. They were so scrappy with some really great middles, so it made the game really fun and competitive. We ended the tournament on a great note with a win against Lamar. We were so happy to be leaving Edinburg with three more hard fought wins.
We flew back to Lubbock right after our game against Lamar, but unfortunately had almost a five hour delay in the DFW airport. So naturally, the first place the majority of us went in the airport was to the big candy store. After about 15min in the candy store, we all left with big bags full of a variety of candy and chocolate. Ashley took first place for the biggest bag of candy and chocolate, and I came in a close second. We spent the next few hours sitting around doing homework until it was time for dinner at Pappadeaux's. We were all so excited that the coaches decided to bring us there for dinner. Alyssa and I decided to share the fried alligator as our meal. I had never tried alligator before and I have to say, it really does taste like chicken! To celebrate our successful weekend, the coaches all ordered us desserts from Pappadeaux's. I don't think any dessert lasted more than 5 minutes on any table, as they were all so yummy! We landed in Lubbock Saturday night a little after 11pm, and got home in time to watch our football team wreck UTEP. So glad they also got the W!
As you can see, it really has been a great week for us! There were so many good moments on and off the court. While if you asked any player what the best part of the weekend was, we would most likely joke and say the dessert from Pappadeaux's, I think we would all agree that the 3 wins takes the cake. We're really looking forward to continuing our win streak this weekend in our first home tournament at the USA!
What has been your most memorable moment with Tech volleyball?
- When we beat K-state at home my freshman year, when they were ranked 20th in the country
What is something people don't know about you?
- I'm fluent in French
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
What would your superpower be?
What is your dream car?
- White range rover
What is your favorite ice cream?
- Tie: Mint chocolate chip or chocolate chip cookie dough
What is something you can't go on a trip without?
What is your favorite movie?
- Remember the Titans
What is a TV show you secretly like?
- Dallas, even though its not really a secret haha
Who is your celebrity crush?
- Ryan Gosling - he's actually from my hometown
Who is your favorite superhero?
- Iron Man
What is your favorite cartoon?
- Scooby Doo
What is your most played song?
- Look After You - The Fray
Who is your teammate with the best dance moves?
- Mikia Mills, easily haha
Which teammate loves girly TV shows?
- Brianna Grant - Keeping up with the Kardashians
Which teammate is most likely to be on a Reality TV Show?
- Whitney Ford
Which teammate is most likely to become famous?
- Whitney Ford
Which teammate is most likely to become a beach bum?
- Sam Podraza
Each week, a different Red Raider volleyball player will provide a unique perspective on the previous week's action--this week the featured athlete is Carlie Foust
#2 Carlie Foust
This past week was our first week of school and our first tournament at Cal State Fullerton. The first few days of classes were great--we mainly went over our syllabi, but I am excited for a great year ahead!
Preparing for the tournament, while still in Lubbock, consisted of just good clean reps and starting to get a rotation going. I was not able to travel to California so my job was to challenge that starting six to the best of my capability so they would be prepared for anything that came their way!
While the team was gone and five were left behind here, we worked on different things to get us better. We lifted and ran with our strength and conditioning coaches, and then worked on some good clean reps. This past week for me was focused on getting better while cheering on the team for greatness! Obviously it worked since they won the tournament!
Speaking of cheering on, we got to watch the football game and cheer our boys on to win their first home game!
Each week, a different Red Raider volleyball player will provide a unique perspective on the previous week's action, and fill out a questionnaire about themselves--this week the featured athlete is setter Marguerite Grubb
Aug. 25, 2014
#4 Marguerite Grubb
The past couple of weeks have consisted of a lot of hard but good work in the gym. The mindset of the team and the feeling in the gym just seems different this year and it is so exciting! From the day we reported, the coaches have been holding us to a higher standard and it has been really effective so far.
Some new things we are doing this year to help us on our way to becoming an elite Big 12 team and to just enhance the team are extra film sessions, more disciplined practices and secret psychs.
Our film sessions (individual, team, and by position) are so vital to the success of our team because it is important to understand the tendencies of other teams as well as see our own game play from an outside point of view. Each week, we fill out a weekly objectives page that helps us identify the skills we really want to focus on for that week, and watching the film can help us see whether or not we met our goals. Volleyball is so much about strategy, creating mismatches and pressuring the right people at the right times, and film is a huge part of being able to do that.
Our more disciplined practices started in the spring last year, but they have become even better throughout two-a-days. The coaches are holding us to a higher standard and expecting us to be accountable for ourselves as well as for our teammates. In some of our team building sessions this summer, a theme was that we have to be comfortable enough with our teammates to give them compliments as well as give them advice. Then on the other side, we have to be open to receiving those compliments and pieces of advice. This practice has helped us become better teammates and friends to each other.
In the theme of being better teammates and friends, the coaches decided to implement "secret psychs" this season. Each week, we each have a different secret teammate that we leave little encouraging notes for or give small presents to just to stay positive during a tough week at school or after a tiring away trip. Then, at the end of each week, we all get together for the reveal of our secret psychs! It has been a lot of fun and really encouraging.
We are so insanely excited to play our first tournament in California this weekend, and are eager to get out there and play someone other than ourselves! We are expecting our hard work throughout the summer to pay off in a big way! Wreck 'em!
Get To Know Red Raider Volleyball -- Marguerite Grubb
1. What is one thing people don't know about you?
-- I Play piano and guitar
2. What is your hidden talent?
-- I can solve a Rubik's Cube
3. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
4. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
5. What is your favorite cereal?
-- Multigrain Cheerios
6. What is one thing you can't go on a road trip without?
7. Who is your favorite super hero?
8. What is your favorite app?
-- Either Instagram or 8Tracks
9. Which of your teammates has the best dance moves?
-- Mikia Mills
10. Which teammate of yours could succeed in another sport, and which sport would that be?
-- Nicole Hragyil, and the sport would be basketball