ugg boots website Players dig in on first day of Nebraska sand practice
The temperature was 37 degrees outside with a light rain when the Nebraska volleyball players walked into the Hawks Championship Center for the first sand volleyball practice in program history on Thursday afternoon.
That’s hardly weather you associate with sand volleyball, but that didn’t bother the Huskers. Nebraska was practicing where it was warm inside on its world class court in the back corner of the Hawks Center. The players were all smiles as they slipped off their Ugg boots and winter coats and dug into the sand.
One day earlier, Nebraska announced it would add sand volleyball as a varsity sport. The 12 players still on campus from the indoor team make up the sand team. Adding sand volleyball should help in recruiting and give the players more time to practice.
“It’s a really fun environment for us coaches right now because we understand the sport, but to translate that to girls who have maybe never seen it before some of them have never played it is a really cool challenge for us,” he said.
Then it was time for warmups. The balls for sand volleyball are different from indoor volleyball, so the balls the Husker rolled out on opening day were an interesting collection.
Five came from Kelsey Robinson, Nebraska’s new All American transfer from Tennessee who has played high level sand volleyball for about a year; three were borrowed from Spikes Beach Bar and Grille; and six the team already had.
“We have a shipment coming in next week, so today was kind of, ‘Who has sand volleyballs?'” Meske said. “That’s all part of starting the grass roots of a program. Two of the most experienced sand players Alexa Strange from California and Robinson were together. Morgan Broekhuis and Kelsey Fien were another group, and Alicia Ostrander and Paige Hubl were a team. The pairs changedduring the two hour practice.
“You have to figure out how to play and how to win with whoever is next to you,” she said.
“See my awesome ups in the sand?” Hubl said.
During one of the drills, Meske was faced with possiblyhis most difficult decision of the practice. Kadie and Amber Rolfzen, the prep stars and twin sisterswho enrolled early,
were standing next to each other. Was that Kadie or Amber?
“Working on it,” Meske said. “I mixed it up a couple of times today, and they called me out every time I did it. I’m starting to get better, but I’m not the only one who can’t tell. They say that their hair part is on different sides.
“How was the first practice in program history?” Meske said. “Best one we ever had.”
After practice, Thramer said most of the players were excited on Monday when they learned during a team meeting they’d be playing in the sand, too.
“About a week before that, coach had told me we’re upping the ante; you have no idea,” Thramer said. “I was like, ‘OK, we’re going to do harder workouts? Conditioning for two hours instead of one? Then the meeting came and he said that, and I think everybody just had a little jump inside, because this is exciting.”
Thramer has only played a little sand volleyball, mostly for fun. The small town Nebraska native has, however,
played in a few mud volleyball tournaments.