Hello, and Happy 2017! Hope you have all had a well-rested break.
For those of you that are new to St Andrews, or didn’t get a chance to play volleyball last semester, our Give it a Go session will be Tuesday, 24th Jan from 21:00~22:30. We cater to all skills levels, from beginners to competitive members, so please come along and bring your friends! We will have several team members present to assist with our drills and teach basic movements and skills.
The season is about to start, the Freshers have arrived and it is time for us to welcome some new blood to our teams!
If you are interested in joining the club, even if you don't have much experience, COME TO GIVE IT A GO!
Wednesday 7th of September, 1:30 - 3:30 pm at the Sports Centre!
The St Andrews University Volleyball Club Performance Pre-Season will take place from Sunday, August 28th to Friday, September 2nd at the University Sports Centre (St Leonards Road) and various venues across town.
Pre-season training aims to prepare players to get back into training routines, test their physical abilities and re-build team dynamics. It will consist of a variety of court-time trainings, strength and conditioning session, beach volleyball games, agility and mobility exercise routines, all to ensure competitive players can jump back into the season, prevent injuries and work towards high performance results.
Following three days of intensive theoretical and practical learning, five of our Saints Volleyball players successfully completed their UKCC Level 1 Coaching Qualification. A great asset to the Club, this will enable to the contribute even more to the development of their respective teams, as well as to enhance the training of the new Development under the leadership of our Development Officer Sydney Maxwell.
Alexandra Smith (Women’s First Captain), Nikki Proschko, Karol Buda (Men’s First Captain), Alam Zia and Leo Song all look back at the course with pride and enthusiasm: not only did they further their skills in the creation and running of effective drills tackling bilateral integration, spatial awareness, but they were also taught a lot about the evolution of the philosophies of coaching (goal-oriented, moving towards the personal development of the player), the psychological aspects of the sport and their implications for their position as a team leader and developer.
The St Andrews West Sands proudly welcomed a wave of student beach volleyball players on May 7th for the annual Scottish Student Sport Beach Volleyball Championship. With an impressive turn-out of 10 Women teams, 17 Men teams and 4 recreational teams, the event did not disappoint in terms of quality of play – and natural challenges.
The Saints women’s first volleyball team played their first Scottish cup game Saturday in Aberdeen against Beacon Phoenix and came out victorious. After a slow start during the beginning of the first set, the Saints found their groove, winning the first set 25-14. The second set started strong with Alexandra Smith serving the first 10 points in a row. Kristen Copely also shined during this set, winning point after point off of her middle attack. The Saints won 25-12. In the third set, Maria Steen led the Saints in kills out of the outside, while Carolyn Barakso had multiple serving aces. The set ended 25-10. Overall this was a great win for the women’s first team, who travel to England to play two premiere league matches this weekend.
The St Andrews Women First displayed this new team’s amazing potential in their first premiere league match of the season against Edinburgh. Although resulting in a loss for the Saints, the two hour long game tested the endurance of both teams and was characterized by incredible play. The Saints started the match off strong by winning the first set, an especially exciting victory after failing to do so only a few weeks before. Both Sydney Maxwell and Maria Steen hit some beautiful back-line kills while Kristen Copley was a dominant blocker at the net. Regardless of losing the subsequent three sets, the team sustained an intense level of energy and play, even after an abrupt knee injury took a teammate out of the match. Overall, the match was an amazing beginning to the premier league games and undoubtedly instilled confidence in the team’s capabilities while generating excitement for the rest of the season.
The Saints Volleyball pre-season is an exciting, long awaited event every year: it is the perfect occasion to join your fellow Volleyballas – old, new and returning – for a week of physical training, team bonding, season preparation, fun sessions of beach volleyball, great socials and so much more!
If you are interested in participating in this week-long event, please sign up through the Google Document below: please don’t hesitate to join us, even if you weren’t a member of the club or are an new incoming student – we’re always happy to welcome new players into the club, and pre-season is a great way to get to know everyone!
The 2015 Scottish Student Sport Championships saw what may be a record turnout for a Scottish beach volleyball event.
No less than 19 men's pairs, 16 women's pairs, and 13 four-aside recreational teams turned up at St Andrews to duke it out on West Sands.
After a brief shower during set-up it remained sunny but windy and cold all day. The quality of play remained remarkably high - especially given the windy conditions - with some very talented players fighting to be named Scottish Student Beach Champion.