This past we week we welcomed our new coach Callaway Mefford to the St. Mary’s Volleyball family. As a team we are so excited to see what this change brings to the program and the experience of playing college volleyball. From day one it already seemed like a fresh change of pace and we are dedicated to putting in all the effort to make this next season one to remember.
Daily workouts started to pick up steam as they moved to the morning and Coach Callaway laid out the ground rules, her expectations, and started fitness testing. With her expectations have come many changes. These changes include having nutrition and water goals, keeping a goal sheet for every game and practice, a change in the offensive system and many more. These changes will let us track our progress not only through the spring but also into the fall when we start our season. We are also very excited about what this change will bring to the team dynamic and work ethic.
As a team we also participated in the annual chili cook-off where many different organizations sign up and have a taste testing of the chili they make. We also used this opportunity to recruit people to follow us on social media to stay updated on all volleyball news including games and events. It was fun time for us to interact with the school and meet new people. Afterwards we went to support the softball team and to watch the retirement of an alum’s jersey to the hall of fame.
This past week we also hosted four recruits on campus. Two were from junior colleges and two were from high school. Each of them stepped up their game to play with us and showed true potential in their ability. Every one of them contributed to the competitive atmosphere that we strive for everyday on the court. We also have one more coming in next week and we are just waiting to see what she could possibly add to our team atmosphere.
On Friday we showed our love as a team for our donors by writing personalized thank you notes to them. Their contributions allow us to get new equipment, travel, and their donations also help us be able to afford our education. We each wrote about four cards and it was great way for us to show our appreciation to those who helped further advance our experience at St. Mary’s.
Lastly to wrap up the week, on Sunday we all gathered at Coach’s house for a team bonding/dinner experience. As a team we are already a close-knit family who loves each other and it was a great way to add our new Coach into the family by getting to know her and her family. We also got a little peak at how we view our teammates and ourselves in a fun game where Coach would read out a question and you and your partner held up whether you thought the question applies to you or your partner. We also got to experience her husband’s delicious cooking while entertaining ourselves by playing and watching her two adorable little girls. Team bonding/dinner night was just the first of many fun and memorable nights to come for the team.
As we head off into the remainder of the spring we are excited about what all this change will bring and how it will take the St. Mary’s Volleyball program to the next level. We all believe that Coach Callaway will do great things here at St. Mary’s and can’t wait to see how we will be not just as a team, but also as athletes in general within the coming months.