October 6, 2004 - by
Responses: I

Oct. 6, 2004

Dear Summer,

We used to play against each other in high school and club a few years back. I played for Spanish River, now I play for a college in North Carolina. I was wondering what you think are the best exercises to achieve the quickest feet and lowest stance for defense? Also, I was curious as to what goes through your mind while you are in the back row? Defense is not a strong point of my game and I would greatly appreciate any and all help you could give me. Congratulations on all of your success! I hope you are doing well.


Dear Vikki,

Squats are great for holding a defensive stance. Also, quick, 10 yard sprints help a lot with quickness. An agility ladder really helps for fast feet and changing direction. Just stay away from long distance running, because it slows you down. My advice for you is that any exercise you do should be short and powerful. When I am in the back row my main focus is to get the ball up. I just think that every ball is coming to me and I make sure I am ready. If a match is really close and I start to freak out, I just take myself back to the basics: move your feet, stay low, and take the ball at the center of your body.

If I’m having an off day, I find that the lower I get, the more balls I dig. I think the best thing you can do for defense is to just make the effort for any ball, even if you don’t think you can get to it. You’ll be surprised how many balls you get to.

In really close games, I do get nervous, but I just take deep breaths and try to talk on the court. I call out hitters and where the setter is, encourage my teammates and so forth. It helps take the focus off the pressure of the game.

I hope this helps. Thanks for the email and good luck with the rest of your season! Go `Noles!

Dear Summer,

What are your goals as far as team goals, personal goals, and career

Question of the Week:
Dear Summer,
What are your goals as far as team goals, personal goals, and career goals?
Sincerely, Cory



Dear Corey,

Great question! The team goal is to win an ACC championship, and advance in the NCAA Tournament. Our short term goals are to be focused and work hard in every practice. We also have a goal to stay together and play as a team. I think we are on track to accomplish all of our goals.

My personal goal is to lead the ACC in digs, and become one of the best liberos in the country. I set a goal every day to give 100 percent in practice and keep the team motivated. My goal is to lead the team on defense. I also want to take volleyball as far a I can, possibly play overseas or continue to play on the beach.

I am not sure what I want to do after I graduate. As of right now I would like to major in communications, be a sports broadcaster or do something in advertising. I also am interested in pharmacutical sales and education. I am not positive on a major, but I would like to go to graduate school and receive the highest education possible. Thank you for the email and your interest in FSU volleyball! Go `Noles!

Hi Summer,

I’m a senior in high school and I’ve play volleyball ever since my freshmen year. I want to attend FSU and play volleyball, but sometimes I get intimidated by you college players. I think you all are the best. Sometimes I feel I’m not good enough when I know I can play very well. I just wanted to ask you how should I deal with that?

Dear Jovani,

I’m sure you are a wonderful player and there are no reasons to ever be intimidated by any of us. I would say your best bet would be to contact the coaches and see if they can come see one of your matches in high school or club. You should also fill out one of the student-athlete questionaires. Just make sure you write to the colleges you are interested in. Hopefully you can come to FSU and be a Seminole! I hope this helps and thanks for the email! Good luck with your high school season! Go `Noles!

Dear Summer,

You must be very proud. I thought this was a perfect opportunity for me to congratulate you on your success! Keep working hard and reaching for your dreams. I know you’ll be fantastic (as usual) on the court. Stay well & be safe.

Love Ms.”C.”

Dear Ms. C,

Thank you so much for the email. I love everything about FSU and volleyball is going great. How are things at the new school? I miss everyone, but I love college. I can’t wait to come and visit you!

Summer has long, beautiful hair, so there’s no need to cut if off to play volleyball. Her advice? Use clips!

Dear Summer,

Do you ever try to serve and your hair gets in the way and you miss?


Dear Hugo,
My hair used to get in my face and it made it hard for me to see the ball, but lately I have been using clips to hold it back. So far, it seems to be working. If you are having that problem you might want to go to Target or Walmart and pick up some hair clips! Thanks for the email! Go Noles!

Related Articles