Looking to support student athletes this semester? IU South Bend’s very own Titans are heating up the court with a jump, hop and a spike.
Starting the school year with a 1-4 record, the women’s volleyball team is looking forward and determined for success. With a strong group of women this season the term “teamwork” could not be overused when describing the atmosphere and attitude they have towards each other.
Defensive specialist Jessica Tobillo, describes how hard they work with “practice every day for at least two hours if not three.” Striving to represent the school and its athletics many of the women have a positive outlook on playing the game. With the teams coming in for a hug after every round and words of encouragement Jessica describes them as being “really close, we are almost sisters.”
Having a volleyball team means a lot to these students.
“I think it’s great because a lot of people come and support our games and I think it builds a big community for all the people that live on campus,” said Kierstynn Combs. “Our team is special because we come together as a family and learn from each other and we grow. We all have to learn to play well together and I think we are starting to do that.” With 19 games left in the season, the team shows no signs of slowing down. During practice, it is not uncommon to see each of the women supporting one another and giving positive feedback to their fellow teammates. Encouraging each and every one of them is Coach Jamie Ashmore-Pott.
This is Ashmore-Pott’s third season with the varsity team. She keeps a watchful eye on them as they reenact game scenarios during practice. She says phrases like, “I like what you did there but maybe a bit higher next time?” and “Great job, you were right where you needed to be”.
Standing by her players, she says “Oh yes, they are all very positive people. I believe in a positive atmosphere, I don’t always feel negative makes the players want to work hard. When you’re positive in teaching I think they want to learn more.”
Ashmore-Potts is hoping for full stadiums this year.
“We support students and students should support student athletes,” she says. “The team this year has high energy it’s a really fun team to watch. They’re a good team and we are hoping for success.” The next home game will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17 in the Student Activites Center against the University of Saint Francis. The game will be held at the Student Activities Center at 7:00 pm. If you are looking for a good time also be on the lookout for Titan Production’s “Volleyball Smokin’ Tailgate” which will be held at Greenlawn.