One week into practice, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi volleyball head coach Tony Graystone likes the progress so far from his 2010 team. The Islanders worked on basics the first week and will start getting more in-depth with the coaching style of Graystone and his assistant during week two.
"We spent so much time trying to get them all on the same page and trying to get our systems down," said Graystone. "We kind of have them reeled in now and they can start thinking about how they want to apply their own personal game to our system."
The 10 newcomers took week one of practice to blend in with the five returnees to help form a more cohesive team that will be able to better work together throughout the new season. With just five back from last season, new faces will be counted on to play a big part in this year's Islander team.
"They are a part of everything we do and we really haven't done much as far as sorting them into starters or scout team," said Graystone. "Everybody is getting equal reps to show what they can do, but real soon we are going to start thinking about lineups to start getting some chemistry going with the players that we know are going to be out there most often."
The team survived the first week without any major damage as they got their conditioning back under them and got back into the routine of playing every day. After a day off on Sunday helped get the players the rest they needed to come back strong for the second week of training ahead of the start of the season on Aug. 27 against Montana. The match will be the first of four at the Mississippi State Maroon Classic in Starkville, Miss.
"We had a couple of nagging injuries that you would expect and a lot of tired legs, but we are feeling pretty good today," said Graystone. "We had a day off yesterday and today's practice was much better, they looked like they were jumping well and they were feeling better."