MONDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2011
VOLLEYBALL BLOG: Nicole Teplitz edition (10/17)
After our bittersweet weekend in Tennessee and South Carolina, we knew it was time to buckle down in practice this week. Our coaches gave us position specific attention, finishing up practice with mini-team scrimmages. We had the same routine day in and day out. It was starting to pay off. Practices had become more intense and energetic and we were finally obtaining desirable results. As Coach Christina Diaz likes to say, “There’s no better place to be Dolphins!”
We were pumped heading into two huge matches this weekend against long time conference rivals, Belmont and Lipscomb, who were and still are the top two teams in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Our coaches had prepared us as best as they could. They provided us with the tools we need to come out on top and all we had to do was put our plan into action.
First up was Lipscomb, ranked number one in the A-Sun. The match started well, we rallied point for point with them until we hit the double digit mark. From then on Lipscomb ran away with the set and the match. When you play a team like Lipscomb there is no room for errors. They were too consistent and we made too many errors, ending our shot at winning the match.
With the performance out of our sight and minds, we focused on what lied ahead. For our own moral we needed a redemption match and we decided that Belmont was going to be the team.
We started off this match more energetic and more consistent than the previous match. They were a good team but so were we. Hard fought first and second sets went to Belmont but we weren’t giving up without a fight. After our “halftime” and a little team chat in the locker room we came back to the match guns blazing. Senior, Alliya Drzewiecki, led our team on am 8-1 run with her bullet of a top spin serve. There was no stopping her. After our run, Belmont was never able to fully recover from the deficit Alliya had caused. We ended up winning the set leading us into a fourth. Belmont wasn’t without a great server of its own. No. 7 was their answer to Alliya’s run. She served six straight aces eventually giving them the set they needed to win the match.
It was a rough weekend one that we need to learn from and move on. We need to take everything in stride and work hard this upcoming week in practice. Hopefully a big weekend on campus (Homecoming Weekend) and our cross-town rivalry with UNF will give us the motivation to perform well in competition. Through failure comes success.
“I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” -Michael Jordan