12 Reasons You Should Try Volleyball

12 Reasons You Should Try Volleyball

There's isn't a lot to not love about this exciting, high-energy sport.

I am currently at college early right now, practicing twice a day to prepare for a quickly approaching college volleyball season. Since my entire life right now is volleyball, volleyball and more volleyball, I feel compelled to write about why the sport of volleyball is worth getting into. Also, I just got done watching the Olympics, specifically Walsh & Ross beach volleyball, so you can imagine I'm feeling extra motivated.

1. Volleyball gets you in killer shape and gives you a killer bod!

You run, dive, jump, hit, squat, shuffle constantly and it's very fast paced. All this makes you get in tip-top shape.

2. Volleyball teaches you teamwork.

In my opinion, volleyball is the sport where solid teamwork is needed the most. It's a sport where not one person can just dominate the entire time. Every spot on the court is very critical. It's a 30 by 30 court, which makes you be in close contact with people constantly. Part of what makes volleyball such an amazing sport is that it's very team-oriented and teaches you how to work and succeed with other people.

3. Volleyball teaches you how to recover from mistakes and be mentally tough.

Volleyball is an extremely emotional sport in that after making a mistake on the court, you will get targeted directly after by your opponent. Volleyball truly teaches you how to shake off the bad and come to terms with it, although it may not always be the easiest.

4. Volleyball is aggressive...

But doesn't require too much hard core running like basketball or soccer. That's reason enough why it's worth doing.

5. Volleyball is a very intense and high energy sport.

It's quite a nail-biting sport. However, that's what makes it fun. There are some amazing plays that get made under a lot of pressure. These pressure situations makes you course with adrenaline from excitement.

6. It's a sport where you cheer a lot.

You high-five, you yell and maybe even jump of excitement. You can't do that in all sports.

7. It's fun to be aggressive.

Blocking, hitting and getting a great dig is probably one of the best feelings.

8. Volleyball gives you awesome friends and teaches you to work hard!

You learn how to work together with your teammates and also be accountable for yourself to be at practices.

9. You get to still look cute but play tough.

It's a perfect balance

10. It's a commonly loved sport regardless of gender.

In addition, any time you are at the beach, there are always people playing.

11. You get to have really tall and really short friends.

Regardless of height, there is a spot for everyone on the volleyball court.

12. You usually get cute new clothes when you join a team

...and free food!

What's not to love about this sport???

Cover Image Credit: Tiara Huffaker

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To All Student-Athletes Beginning Their Respective Seasons, Remember Why You Play

You are going to get tired. You are going to get worn out...


Dear athlete,

The season is by far the most exciting time of the year. Big plays, good memories, traveling new places, and winning championships... But yet another promise is that season is also exhausting.

You are going to get tired. You are going to get worn out...

But remember that this season of your life doesn't last forever. Remind yourself why you play.

You play this sport because you love the game. You love the competition, you love your teammates and the friendships that you've formed, you love the lessons you learn aside from the physical aspect.

So each day, continue to choose the game.

It's not easy. But if it was, everyone would do it. But discomfort is where progress happens.

Quit dreading practices, quit wishing for rain, quit complaining about conditioning, and quit taking for granted a busy schedule that is literally made just for you. Tens of thousands of young girls and boys would do anything to be in the position (literally) that you are in. Take advantage of being a role model to those young kids who think the world of you.

Freshmen, this is what you have wanted for so long. Take advantage of the newness, take advantage of the advice, encouragement, and constructive criticism that your older teammates give you. Soak it all in, four years goes by really quickly.

Sophomores, you now know how it works. Be confident in your abilities, yet continue to learn and grow mentally and in your position.

Juniors, prepare to take the lead. Use this season to, of course, continue to sharpen your skill, but also recognize that you're over halfway done, so mentally and physically ready yourself to take the seniors' lead next year.

Seniors, this is it. Your last year of playing the sport that you love. Be a good leader, motivate, and leave your mark on the program in which you have loved for so long. Encourage the athletes behind you to continue the traditions and standards set by the program. Lay it all on the field, leave it all on the court, and leave your program better than you found it.

Take the season one day at a time and, each day, make it your goal to get better. Get better for your team, for you pushing yourself makes everyone else work even harder. So even if you don't get a lot of playing time, make your teammates better by pushing yourself so hard that they have no other choice than to push themselves too. And when a team has every single player pushing themselves to the max, success happens.

Take advantage of this time with your teammates and coaches, for they won't be your teammates and coaches forever.

No matter what year you are and no matter what your role is this season... GROW. You are an integral part of your team and your program.

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Till's Return: The Gorilla Is Back

Liverpool's Darren Till Is Ready To Take Out Everyone


The #3 ranked fighter in the welterweight division former title challenger Darren Till has recently expressed that he is ready to get into the octagon multiple times this year as he aims to get that top spot in the division. He has said since UFC 228 with the bout between himself and the current UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley he has essentially reassessed the situation. He is ready to capitalize on the lessons he has learned while showing why he is still the biggest challenger in the 170-pound division.

He has called out all names but he has not hesitated to express his interest in getting that rematch with the champion "The Chosen One" Tyron Woodley because he knows and is confident he has the skill to defeat Tyron. The Gorilla is definitely ready to be the Main Event on the London card in March but there is no clear set opponent yet.

Rumors began to spread in the mix martial arts world that Darren Till would be facing Colby Covington but it was not set in stone. Darren would have much more to win if he took on Colby and dismantled him. He would resolidify himself as the #1 Title challenger as Colby would have a lot more to lose. Colby Covington does not seem to be on the best of terms with the UFC as is so it seems like this would be the most appropriate fight to make since Kamaru Usman vs Tyron Woodley was booked for UFC 235 for the belt.

Darren Till is absolutely ready to get back into action but many would like to see him step into the Middleweight division and show what he can do. He does not want any rest and wants to fight 3 times or more in 2019 as it looks to be a promising year. The Gorilla recently received a call out for the London card by #9 ranked welterweight Jorge Masvidal as they both share the same amount of interest in the past but the fight was never booked.

Another huge fight he has interest in is with the "Style Bender" from the middleweight division, top prospect Israel Adesanya which would be absolute madness and would be a huge sell for the business. But in the meantime, he does believe he will stay at welterweight even though the division is in a very weird place right now. He expressed his dislike for Colby but knows the game Colby Covington is trying to play. A fight between Darren Till and the (Former?) Interim Title holder Colby Covington would definitely put a clear understanding to who the next title challenger could be in the division for Tyron Woodley.

The 26-year-old has 17 wins and 1 loss with 1 draw in his mix martial arts career. The last time we saw the #3 ranked "Gorilla" Darren Till was when he took on Tyron Woodley who become the first person to finish and stop Darren giving him his first loss at UFC 228. It is very exciting to see Darren so hungry and eager to get back in the cage. Hopefully, it will be in the Main Event in London.

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