Volleyball Columns

Clare Lochary

Blankenship fits the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award mold to a T

by Clare Lochary December 27, 2010 in Volleyball

There aren’t many Ellie Blankenships in the world. More’s the pity. Blankenship, a senior libero from the University of Northern Iowa, is the inaugural Lowe’s Senior CLASS award winner for volleyball. Her performance on the court, in the classroom and in the community has made her a figure of respect in volleyball-crazy Cedar Falls, where the Panthers attract an average of more than 2,000 fans per game. “Volleyball’s very popular in Iowa. We have so much respect for volleyball in… Continue Reading

For volleyball setters, striking a balance on and off the court is important

by Cindy Luis November 01, 2010 in Volleyball

It takes a different mentality to be a setter, particularly a successful one at a high-profile collegiate program. It requires the right combination of intelligence and instinct, of passion and persistence, and all done with the unselfishness that goes beyond that assist total that shows up in the boxscore. Setters are used to giving. But for Nebraska’s Sydney Anderson, Washington’s Jenna Hagglund and California’s Carli Lloyd, the giving is not just limited to the court. While the three… Continue Reading

Todd Henrichs

Feisty setters function as the engine that makes a volleyball team go

by Todd Henrichs October 04, 2010 in Volleyball

As a setter, Lexi Zimmerman watches counterparts at her position with a critical eye. Many times, what Zimmerman sees looks very familiar. Even in warm-ups. “In something as silly as pepper, you can see that setters are usually the ones on their team who are super feisty and super aggressive. They do everything to not let a ball hit the court,” Zimmerman said. “It’s kind of weird or odd, but I see that all the time.” That competitiveness doesn’t just manifest itself on the… Continue Reading

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