Sep 6th, 2005 @ 1:51 pm | Author: Chad Slyter, VCSU Athletics
Valley City, ND -- Having had three coaches in three years is taxing on a team and its individuals. Each coach brings different expectations and a new style of play that the athletes must adapt to. This has been the case in the Valley City State University Viking volleyball program and for senior captain Kendall Campbell from Belmont, Manitoba.
'It’s been difficult to adjust to new coaching philosophies and what each coach expects from you and the team. Personally I feel that I have learned something new about the game and myself from each coach,' explained Campbell of the coaching changes. It’s the attitude to be open to change and apply new learning’s that has kept Campbell at the top of her game and that will provide one more challenge for her in her senior campaign.
Campbell has moved from last year’s position of right side hitter, back to her original power hitting left side position. 'Kendall’s move to the left side has given us another dominant hitter on the power side. We expect her to attack more balls from the left side and put up a nice block over there as well,' commented head coach Kari Peterson. 'We wanted to give Kendall the chance to get the ball in every play and this will allow her to do that.'
Campbell has taken the move in stride and feels it will help her game and help the team climb the volleyball ladder in the Dakota Athletic Conference. 'I am actually more comfortable hitting on the left side, it feels more natural to me and I am more confident on the left side. The real adjustment for me this year is playing back row. I haven’t played a great deal there since high school,' said Campbell who is a double major in Physical Education and Exercise Science.
As for all the changes of the past Campbell wouldn’t have changed a thing. 'It’s been good. I love playing volleyball here and at this level. I love the people that I have met through playing and we have had some great times together. Volleyball is my passion and Viking volleyball did nothing but intensify that passion.'
And what lies ahead for the future? 'I would like to finish off my career on a high note by making the conference and regional tournament. I would love to finish my career off at the national tournament but I want to take the season one step at a time, starting with our first conference match against Mayville,' said Campbell.
That first step begins Wednesday, September 6th at 7:00 pm versus conference rival Mayville State University as the Viking volleyball team plays one of two season matches in the W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse.
Chad Slyter, marketing and promotions for Viking Athletics, writes a weekly column for Viking Athletics.