For many of the top-level high school girls volleyball players, the spring is when they compete on the club team circuit. It gives them a chance to develop as players and it can be a springboard to a college scholarship offer.
This spring is different, though, as the novel coronavirus pandemic wiped out all team workouts and tournaments.
Instead, many players are using different methods to achieve the same goals. By using new video platforms such as Zoom and Microsoft Team, club teams are able to find creative ways to hold workouts and maintain team chemistry.
“I am doing a lot Zoom calls with my club coaches and players,” said South Pasadena junior Lola Foord, who plays for the highly respected club team SG Elite. “There is a lot more team bonding, and we are working with a sports physiologist and learning the mental part of the game.”
La Serna coach Monique Gayton has daily interaction with her team and gives the players exercises and drills they can do at home.
“I have them doing drills such as ‘Ball on the Wall.’ Our girls do drills three days a week, along with mental training,” Gayton said.
She also checks on the players’ mental status and makes sure they are taking care of themselves.
“This is an extraordinary time for all us,” she added. “It’s been tough on them, but I keep reminding them that we are playing the game of life right now.”
Looking ahead to a potentially altered high school season in the fall, Gayton is hoping to field what she thinks will be one of her most talented teams.
“Everybody wants to get back into the gym,” Gayton said of her players. “We have the experience that we haven’t had in years past.”
For South Pasadena, which reached the state final last year, the expectations will be raised for the 2020 season.
Foord. last season’s area player of the year, and her teammates know that they’ll have a target on their backs. However, with the return of six seniors, including Foord and mega-talented libero Lindsey Hirano, the foundation should be in place for another successful season.
“We have the firepower to be an excellent team,” said Foord, who has committed to play at Rice University. “We still have some tricks up our sleeve.”
TEDROW STEPS DOWN AT FLINTRIDGE SACRED HEART
Hannah Tedrow has stepped down as the girls volleyball coach at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy after one season.
A graduate of Orange Lutheran High School, Tedrow said she recently got a full-time, off-campus job and won’t be able to continue as the team’s coach.
“This was nothing against the girls,” Tedrow said. “I couldn’t do both jobs. I kept the administration abreast of my situation, and they understood my decision.”
FHSA went 28-13 overall last season and qualified for the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs.
— James Escarcega (@James_Escarcega) April 28, 2020
WIFE OF SANTA FE FOOTBALL COACH PASSES AWAY
Rebecca Herrin Pierson, the wife of Santa Fe football coach Dave Pierson, passed away on April 18. According to a family statement, Pierson suffered a pulmonary embolism that “offered little warning.”
Pierson is survived by three children, Drew (19), Jess (17) and Elle (13).
A GoFundMe account has been established for those who would like to donate to help offset funeral expenses.
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