First intramural volleyball game was tonight.
It was fun! I don’t care that my team lost. We were facing a team with a crazy good 6-time state champions in high school male volleyball player. I’m just extremely embarrassed because… It figures I would have to serve on the game winning point. And fail at it. 6 times in a row. Because you can’t lose on a serve. So embarrassing… Because the super impressive volleyball guy is my friend who I haven’t really been able to talk to or hang out with since early in the first semester. I would’ve felt a little better if someone I knew wasn’t there to see me fail so badly!
Before the game started my female team mates (who I didn’t know - they’re juniors) were saying things like, "Wow, you look like a volleyball player! You must be really good!" …Because I was wearing cool Nike knee pads?! I just don’t wanna tear up my knees because I know I will slide, and I did. I mean… I am generally good on the floor. Making crazy saves literally on the floor is my specialty. Though, one guy on my team rushes in front of me when the ball is in my area… Jeez! I can hit it! I’m not quite as good in the front of the court because, well, I can’t spike all that well. Actually, I just suck at serving. So so soooo embarrassing. I can serve. I’ve been able to do it many times in a row before. But apparently it’s a skill I lose when I don’t practice it. I may also be weaker in the front because I’m good at watching the ball from the back and swooping in on it from there. I feel like I can barely see the action up there and to some extent I’m afraid someone who is good at spiking will smash me in the face. I don’t try to avoid the ball or anything. It just generally doesn’t come near me up there, so I don’t feel prepared. I feel as though I may not have fast enough reflexes, either… I have lots of patience, though. Haha.
Anyone have any tips for serving/spiking? Does it have anything to do with having weak upper body strength, you think? I have no idea. I just want to improve. I don’t care about winning, but it’s hard to have fun when you keep embarrassing yourself.