Nov. 29, 2010
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Junior volleyball player Carrie Minogue shares her thoughts on the 2010 season in the third installment of her regular-season blog. Minogue took time out of her schedule this fall to give fans an inside look on WCU volleyball from a player's perspective.
While the season did not end up as well as we hoped and thought it would, the ending gives us a chance to reflect on the season and figure out what we need to work on and improve in the off-season. During our fall season we learned a lot of new techniques and showed glimpses of greatness at many different points throughout the year. Our main downfall was that we could not seem to put together enough of these glimpses at one time to come away with the W’s. Like anything else in my life, I like to find quotes that relate to the situation I am in. Before writing this blog I found one that really stuck out to me by David DeNotaris. He says: “Dissatisfaction is a great starting point, for it is right there that we have the most power, strength, and energy to push change through.” I know this says exactly how I feel about the year, and I am sure that my coaches and fellow teammates feel the same way. No one is happy with the results and record from the season. Training for next August starts now and I know everyone is motivated to work hard over the next few months and into the spring season. I know for certain we have the personnel necessary to achieve our goals, especially with the new recruits coming in that will add a fresh perspective to the team as well as elevate our level of play.
Personally, our record was not as great as I planned for but I look back on the season with no regrets. I get to play a sport that I love and am passionate about- a blessing I count every single day and something I do not take for granted. Along with the joy of playing volleyball, the sport has brought me to some really great people. One of these people is lone senior, Paloma Alvarez. Her energy and enthusiasm on the court as well as in life is something I will always carry with me and I wish her the best of luck in her future. She has left a mark on me as well as the program with her work ethic and passion for volleyball and life.
Just as Paloma left her mark on us, my wish is for our team to leave a legacy for years to come within the catamount volleyball program. We will achieve this by creating a great gym culture and zero-tolerance for anything less than our best at practice, in games, and in every other aspect of our lives. In order to do this we need to learn from this season and “push change through,” starting now. Every day from now until August, we must be focused and dedicated to making this change. Success is not going to come to us and it requires a lot of hard work, so our job is to put in the time and effort now so that when the season comes winning is second nature.