Aug. 15, 2011
Ruston, La. - After completing day five of practice, Louisiana Tech head coach Matt Sonnichsen noted ball control and team chemistry as the two most prominent strengths seen from his 2011 volleyball squad.
Since the Lady Techsters took to the hardwood last week, preseason practices have focused primarily on ball control, court positioning and cardio workouts.
"Our ball control is very far along, much further along than I anticipated," said Sonnichsen. "We have a number of athletes that have good passing and defensive skills and that is going to give us some flexibility we haven't had before."
Exceptional ball control, however, is not the only thing impressing the coaching staff this preseason. The 17 student-athletes completing this year's roster have quickly become a cohesive unit since their arrival on campus five days ago.
"Probably the thing I am most happy about is our team chemistry is good," said Sonnichsen. The cohesiveness between the athletes has been great. The returners have really been open arms welcoming all the new players."
The chemistry is evident. Players can be witnessed laughing and spending time together on and off the court as well as offering vocal and physical support at practices.
"Kids are making good plays and other kids are shouting out compliments," said Sonnichsen. "An athlete will go after a ball and everyone's picking them up and shouting their name and that type of energy and chemistry is nice to see."
Practice will continue this week as Sonnichsen and his staff increase the intensity and physicality of play with jumping, hitting and attacking drills.
The Lady Techsters open the season August 26th against UT-Pan American in the Sam Houston Invitational at 4:30 pm in Huntsville, Texas.
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