The Offseason Report: Volleyball
GREENSBORO, (June 13, 2017) – North Carolina A&T volleyball returned for their spring season the first week of January. Inclement weather forced the Aggies to begin practice later in the week. Once practice started, the Aggies trained four times per week to prepare for spring tournaments.
“Our focus for this spring was on ball control and serving,” said coach Hal Clifton. “We also worked a lot on digging, serve receive, and at the net we worked technically on blocking and making better reads.”
The Aggies first tournament was an away game on April 3 at North Carolina Central. They proceeded on with an all-day tournament on April 8 at UNC Greensboro playing Elon, UNCG, and NCCU. Their last tournament on April 22was also at UNCG, where they played Winston-Salem State, Elon, Radford, and UNCG.
“It was a little bit longer spring than what we're used to, but we grew a lot as far as developing technique and consistency,” Clifton said. “Overall I think the season went very well, I think we progressed tremendously from start to finish.”
The A&T volleyball team will be returning to campus for preseason the second week of August to begin training for their fall season. Preseason will be dedicated to cohesiveness, getting the incomers caught up with what the returning players learned during the spring. Parts of the preseason will also focus on togetherness. As the 2017 season approaches, Clifton thinks the team's biggest challenge this year will be consistency and their ability to finish matches.
“We were in a lot of matches last year that we weren't able to put the ball away at the right point or come up with a big play at the right time,” said Clifton. We have to become consistent every night. We have to minimize our errors and when we have opportunities to finish we have to take advantage of it.”
The Aggies have eight returners to team with six incoming newcomers. Three of the Aggies returners are seniors in Jasmine Lindor, Alyssa Pit and first-team All-MEAC selection Samara Brown.
“We're expecting them to perform and step up to the plate,” said Clifton. “They've been starters for their whole careers, so we really need their leadership and abilities to be on the court and perform.”
The Aggies first match is August 25 in Birmingham, Ala., as a part of the ISTAP College Cup hosted by Alabama State.