The best opposite volleyball player at Texas State, Amari Deardorff, answers my interview questions about how athletes live learn and excel in the Southland Conference.
Meet Amari Deardorff the best opposite volleyball hitter on Texas State and one of the top athletes in the Southland Conference.
What makes you special?
'My faith in God and the perseverance it gives me. I've faced many obstacles in my volleyball career, most of them being injuries, but through Christ I've never given up on playing the sport I love."
What accessories and/or equipment help you play your best?
'My knee brace and ankle braces because they allow me to not worry as much about getting hurt as much; therefore allowing me to focus on the game plan and what I need to do with the ball."
What pregame habits, rituals, or superstitions do you have to do before every game?
"I'm not too superstitious, but I do usually listen to music before I play.
Instead of listening to stereotypical pump up music, I like to get relaxed and listen to slower songs, usually by Justin Bieber or Jesse McCartney."
Who or what inspires you to play well in each match that you play in?
Other than playing to glorify God and use the gifts he has given me, I try my hardest for the people who love me most. My parents because they have sacrificed so much time and money over my entire volleyball career to make it possible for me to be where I am today.
Texas State Player Amari Deardorff
"My brother because, although he is one of my best friends, I always strive to outdo him, something to this day that I still do not feel like I have achieved.
And my boyfriend because he is the hardest and most dedicated athlete that I know, and I want to emulate that as closely as possible.
That's only a few of the people I can think of. There are plenty more that drive me to be the best that I can be, including my coaches, teammates and fans."
What awards did Amari Deardorff win this week?
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I share alot of individual, partner and easy-to-do volleyball serving drills we do in class with my followers.
Many of these volleyball practice drills you can do at home by yourself or try at your next practice with your teammates.
If you're a B team or JV player trying to make varsity next year...your goal should be to complete 1000 reps a day of at least three of the basic skills on your own...volleyball passing, serving and setting should be at the top of the list.
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