Elizabeth Koberstein Checks in from U.S. National A2 Camp
July 1, 2013
Marquette senior setter Elizabeth Koberstein was kind enough to check in with GoMarquette.com from Dallas, Texas where she is training with the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Senior A2 Program from June 25-July 4.
Hello readers! I am Elizabeth Koberstein, a senior setter for the Marquette University women's wolleyball team. I have the unique opportunity to train in the U.S. Women’s National A2 camp this summer for eight days as one of 48 girls from across the country selected to represent the United States.
It also means that I get to represent Marquette volleyball at a national training camp and show them how great Marquette really is!
The camp is in Dallas, Texas and started on Tuesday. Teammate Rachel Stier and Marquette women’s soccer alumna Megan Jaskowiak were kind enough to drive me to the airport early Tuesday morning, even though they could have stayed in bed! Upon arriving in Dallas, a few of us volleyball-ers were transported to the University of Texas at Dallas where we would be training for the first part of the camp.
We were issued Mizuno USA Volleyball gear upon arriving in Dallas. We received a sweat suit, shoes, spandex, socks, kneepads, two dry-fit shirts and three training shirts. We also received two USA Volleyball jerseys with our names on the back. I am number 16, a number I have never worn before! I hope to make No. 16 Cat Mayer proud.
We trained for three days at UTD and eventually moved downtown to a hotel as we started competition on Saturday. I was put on the Gold team with eleven other players. Our head coach, Andy Banachowski, is the winningest coach in NCAA volleyball history. He coached for many years at UCLA, coached All-Americans and Olympians. He has a quiet demeanor and is full of great advice, both technically and intangibly. Our assistant coach is Linda Hampton and she is an assistant at Arizona State. She reminds me a bit of Bond as she is very feisty and outwardly competitive.
The 48 girls were split up into four teams of twelve: Gold, Red, Blue and White. We are playing at the USA Junior Olympics where hundreds of junior teams compete for a national title. The idea of our “mini-USA tournament” is that these junior players can watch some matches of high-level volleyball, inspiring them to keep working hard to become better volleyball players and maybe someday also represent the USA. It feels like yesterday that that was me, five feet tall and full of energy.
Our first match Saturday was against USA Blue. We came out quickly firing, winning the first set quite easily. The second set started slow, but we were able to fight back and win, despite a long break towards the end of the set when the scoreboard stopped working! The third set we got behind and stayed behind until the end. After that, we mentally shut down and lost our flow in the fourth set. In the fifth and final set, we decided that it was time to turn it back on and get the win. We were able to defeat USA blue in five sets, giving us a record of 1-0 in pool play.
I am hopeful that Coach Bond will be able to catch a match this week, as he will be down in Dallas.
That is all for now. Go USA Gold!