Volleyball Embraces New Identity

After claiming the 2014 GLVC Championship, the Truman State volleyball team is hungry for continued success during the 2015 season. The team wants to win another conference championship, sweep the NCAA Midwest Regional Tournament and take the NCAA National Championship.

While the team’s goals are steep, head coach Ben Briney says he thinks they are attainable. This summer, players finetuned individual weak points by following a workout plan. Briney says these workouts will help the team start the season strong. Each new player completed the same workouts as the returning players, and refined skills on their own time so they can adjust to the fast-paced dynamic of college volleyball.

“[Success] doesn’t happen overnight, but if we keep working hard and hold each other to a high standard, we will make improvements and be able to be in a position to achieve our goals.” -Head Coach Ben Briney

With personal goals and team goals in mind, Briney says each player must carry a servant leader mentality going into the 2015 season. Briney says he defines a servant leader as an individual who looks to play for the betterment of the team rather than individual success. He says each player has a job, and that is to make the team better.

Briney says the team graduated three four-year starters who were involved in almost every play last season. In their absence, many of the remaining players will be placed in new roles and will be challenged to get settled in early during the season.

“We will have a new group passing next to each other,” Briney says. ”It just takes some time to get comfortable passing next to someone [new]. There is a trust that forms, as well as understanding how they are going to react to different serves.”

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