Penn State has posted a short promo video: “Penn State Women’s Volleyball – Don’t Miss a Moment.” Nice to see gopsuports providing some extra pub for the team:
Meanwhile, the season is in full swing, so to speak, and this week’s Big Ten Women’s Volleyball press release, features a piece — Faces of the Big Ten — about Alisha Glass, Sr. Setter from Leland Michigan:
“Alisha Glass has been the mainstay at setter for Penn State during the past three seasons. Under her direction, the Nittany Lions are attacking at a rate of over .350 with an average of more than 16 kills per set. Glass has started in all but one match during her Penn State career, including all 38 matches in the 2008 season. After graduation, Glass plans to train with the U.S. National Team and possibly pursue a volleyball career overseas.”
Alisha Glass certainly brings plenty of experience to the table — meeting the “experience” portion of Penn State Head Coach Russ Rose’s preseason mantra: leadership, experience, leadership, experience.
Glass is among the veterans that Rose will be counting on to provide leadership for the 2009 team. “I hope Alisha’s leadership abilities have been taken up to a new level and that she realizes that this is her team. She’ll be judged by what she does with this team, not last year’s team.”
Judging from early results, Glass understands what Rose expects of her and plans on meeting that challenge. Here’s what she had to say to Andrew J. Cassavell about the lessons learned in the 3-2 victory over Nebraska in last year’s National Semifinal match, in an interview posted today on thedailycollegianonline:
“This year — just in case something happens — if we lose a game we know it’s not over,” Glass said. “It’s very easy for young players to do that but having that experience on our side is really gonna be an advantage. . . . It brings veteran leadership just having those losses and not being rattled. . . . Having the experience we say, its OK we lost those two games, but we’re gonna come back and be able to win the match.”
Spoken like a leader. With experience.