Beach volleyball teams stay active inside and out over winter
January 8, 2019 | Lynchburg, Va.
Liberty University's beach volleyball team welcomed an influx of newcomers and developed chemistry throughout the fall season. The Flames and Lady Flames are maintaining their conditioning through strength workouts and their technical skills with indoor drills over the winter months in preparation for the spring season.
"Inside, we work on ball control," Liberty Head Coach Kaleb VanDePerre said. "It's obviously different and easier moving on a gym floor, but we try to keep coming up with drills that will translate well to the sand and just playing and getting competitive."
It is difficult to simulate the beach volleyball game indoors, however, so VanDePerre looks forward to every opportunity he has to get his players practicing outdoors on the beach volleyball courts beyond the Liberty Mountain Intramural Complex.
"When it's nice enough outside, we will try to get out in the sand," he said. "The elements are what make volleyball outside so much different than indoors — the wind, the cold, the rain, moving on a tougher surface."
"There's definitely positives to being indoors and still touching a volleyball and not taking it completely off, but any day we can go outside is awesome," Flames senior Peter Gooch added. "Playing in the elements — the wind and the cold weather — is always a positive because there are some tournaments where we will have to do that."
Liberty will open its season with National Collegiate Sand Volleyball Association (NCSVA) Open Series tournament play against regional competition from North Carolina and Virginia before traveling to Stevenson (Md.) University for a weekend tournament featuring a few NCAA programs in April.