Bobbi Petersen, UNI Volleyball interview-Aug. 30 (2 of 3)

Bobbi Petersen, UNI Volleyball interview-Aug. 30 (2 of 3)


More with UNI head volleyball coach Bobbi Petersen. Coach, last year we saw 3 freshmen who saw time on the court for you and this year 7 freshmen on the roster all of them fighting for some court time already. They are. And 7 is a lot and I give a lot of credit to our upperclassmen as well in finding the right amount of support and love and patience and doing a really good job with accountability with the expectations we have in our program and that has helped these freshmen come along as quickly as they have. 7 of them we probably aren’t going to use all of them this year but I think what has been challenging is who are we going to use this year with potential redshirts maybe. They are all in a position now where they are in the talk and if you are in the talk you are someone we are thinking can be on the court but just a lot of fun on the court with those freshmen because they are taking it like I have an opportunity to get on the court and trying to figure out what this college stuff is all about which can be challenging in the pre-season. Well 7 is a magic number when it comes to the schedule as well. 7 teams on your schedule ranked or receiving votes in the top 25. Once again this is a schedule that will have your kids very prepared for the MVC regular season. It is and we look that we always want to schdule that way and want to play the best in order to be the best and we also understand it is a high risk and high reward schedule so you need to work really hard and focus on the process and that is a big part of what we talk about year in and year out and especially something we are talking about this year with 7 new freshmen and trying to understand that so we have to focus on getting better every day and we are getting a lot of great opportunities in my mind with the way we have scheduled. Don’t always know what will happen on the win loss column but there are a lot of opportunities it looks like and besides those 7 we have a lot of other top teams in the mix so that presents some other challenges as well with NCAA tournament teams or high RPI teams with that schedule. And the preparation maybe feels a little different for you and your staff with the first mix up with your staff in a long time as you welcome assistant coach Jason Allan to your UNI volleyball program. What are you seeing from him and what is he bringing to your practice? It has been great to have Jason I think the biggest thing is he brings something new and fresh so there are different ideas so to have him with the opportunity to be here for a season and really feed off a lot of the things he can bring in the Spring and next season but we are already implementing things that he has done differently. Even a little tweak here and there makes it feel different for the team and maybe different can be good in those ways and you can already tell he is passionate about what he does. He wants to do things right and make sure he is having an effect and benefit with individual players or the whole scheme of the team so really glad to have him and his family and looking forward to getting to know him better and see how we are going to mix together as a staff. Alright, the Panthers are preparing to hit the court for the first time in 2019 here is a preview from the mouths of the players. The UNI volleyball team was unanimously voted to finish first in the Missouri Valley Conference by the leagues head coaches. The Panthers land two athletes on the Preseason All- -Conference Team in returning 2018 First Team members Rachel Koop and Karlie Taylor. Koop led the league with an 11.97 assists per set average. Taylor enters the season second all- -time in UNI history with 3.86 kills per set after averaging 4.77 last year. We just keep looking at pictures and remembering what that conference championship felt like and we remembered that through winter training and summer conditioning, and now we know what all that work is for where other years we were striving for something we hadn’t felt in a long time but now we are striving to feel that same feeling again. So now I’m excited to hopefully get back on that championship court which is here this year which is awesome and I think that will be even a better feeling to win that championship infront of our crowd. UNI graduated all-conference performer Piper Thomas and 4- -year starting libero Kendyl Sorgee but the Panthers have some tremendous talent in the back row defensively. I feel pretty confident because year in and year out the drills that we do and the pressure the coaches put on us they are fit to put stress on us and that is what is going to happen in games and you just have to roll with it and at the end of the day get the ball up and keep the ball off the floor and all the way around with blocking defensivley we are going to be really strong this year. Seven of the 17 student athletes on the roster are true freshmen so it will be important for this big recruiting class to make a quick transition to division 1 Volleyball competition. They came in right away and got the concept so they are working really hard so having a good group of under classmen really helps the upper classmen work really hard too because they really mesh really well. Brad: Remember the home volleyball tourney September 6th and 7th includes three opponents, all ranked in the top 25. Get to the McLeod Center and settle in for some phenomenal volleyball action. Still to come thoughts from coach Petersen on that opening tournament, and we preview the UNI Panthers cross country season.

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