Diggin' Deep With ECU Volleyball
Feb. 8, 2011
It's not always what you've done, sometimes it is where you are going.
Having had time to recap this year's less than stellar season, I think the team has thought about the direction in which we are all headed.
Starting this season with only two scholarship players returning (Britney Roper & Amanda Lutzow), no true seniors, a career ending injury for our returning middle blocker (Briana Fleener) and seven newcomers (a junior college transfer & six freshman), we knew achieving our goals of a top five finish in conference USA would be a challenge, and that is exactly what it was.
With a 2-30 record, the hard work and sweat put into training everyday often times goes unnoticed. Having been a Pirate athlete for four years now I can finally see the direction and the potential this program has. I feel that this season is the first season since I've been at ECU where all twelve players were passionate about being a Pirate and worked hard every day.
However, there were positives to note coming out of this season. We won the life skills academic award for the second semester in a row, our team won the NCAA APR award and accomplished a team GPA in the fall of a 3.45. We were able to settle into weekly leadership meetings which helped establish leaders on and off the court and helped us older players mature, and we were able to work into a lineup that we can fine tune and grow in over the spring.
This spring we have a full roster for training, a new strength and conditioning coach who has worked with Penn State volleyball and a full semester of strength and volleyball training where we can start fresh with a focus on the future.
At this point, the past does not matter to us. We are hungrier than ever to get into the gym. The youngsters have had time to mature, and even the older ones are getting more confident in what it takes to be leaders.
I think that the attitude of winning and knowing how to win is more mental than it is physical. Once we start believing in the system, become better competitors and learn how to fight till the end, the future of East Carolina Volleyball will be bright.
Athletics here at ECU has a tradition of winning and we ALL want to be a part of that. With conference championships in softball, baseball, women's basketball, swimming & diving, women's soccer and football, we see what it takes to be number one. All 12 of us want to know what it feels like to be on these championship teams and to represent our university nationally. We can promise the Pirate Nation that we will be spending this spring figuring out just how to do that. Win.