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Ashley Rineman Blog #2

Editor's note: Junior All-Capital Athletic Conference libero Ashley Rineman has agreed to write a periodical blog about the 2011 York College volleyball season. Ashley is a nursing major and is one of the Spartans' very good students with a 3.46 GPA. To learn more about Ashley, check out her bio here.

Blog #2 - October 13, 2011

Team: Together as a team to achieve a common goal
Relentless: Oppressively constant;  Harsh or inflexible.

I just wanted to start off with those two words. This is what the team has been working on and thriving off of! You cannot be anything without each other when it comes to a team. I always liked when my coaches have said, "there is no I in team." Without each and every one of my teammates; either on the court or off; I would not be where I am today!

Relentless is what we, as YCPVB, strive for each and every game. I always tell my 7th and 8th graders that I coach "go after every ball even if there is no way to get to it, because one of these days you will surprise yourself and make a play on the ball. But if you're afraid and don't go after how would you know if you could have gotten to it or not"

Our goal is to get better as a team and get to every ball together. For example, if a passer makes a bad pass, it is the setters job to make that ball better, if the setter makes a bad set, it is now the hitters job to better that ball and so on. If this doesn't define team and relentless that I don't know what does!! Each player picks up their teammates and makes them better players.

Well enough about that I will talk about the season. I have been so busy with nursing, volleyball and paperwork I haven't had a chance to fill everyone in on our games!! In my last blog, I left off at the St. Mary's game. Well, the game turned out to be another learning experience for us.  We are heading up the mountain towards the peak hopefully around the times of the CAC's. We are still working on team bonding and trusting one another on the court!

Kevin had us do trust fall while standing on top of a metal box at practice. This was scary for some but with the help of each other we all succeeded. This is something that we need to take to the court and it really showed when we played Mary Washington. Although we lost that game I feel we all played closed to our potential as a team!  We take on Stevenson tonight at their home gym. I am excited for this game and feel we have great potential ahead.

I'll leave you all with this quote …"The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible."
--Arthur C. Clarke

Go Spartans!

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