SUFFOLK – Nansemond-Suffolk Academy head coach Robyn Ross is ready for the upcoming season.
“ I prepare every season the same way as the season before. Try and get the girls in the best shape possible and that’s one of our keys to winning every year. Being the best at defense and being the best at serve receive. They always say that defense is how you win and that is what we focus on.”
The Saints finished the 2013-2014 season 10-0 in conference and 36-2 overall.
Coach Ross believes in her girls and admires the tough work ethic they have put in, in the off season.
“A lot of the girls worked out hard over the summer and it really showed when they came in to two-a-days this year. They have looked really strong. It’s probably the best two-a-days in preseason that I have seen in the four years that I’ve been here, “ said Coach Ross.
The Saints lost two seniors, one being Tidewater Conference Player of the Year, Kaylor Nash, who will be playing volleyball at Radford University. However NSA returns a lot of their players including 5 seniors who will be on the court this year. “The seniors have really stepped up. Losing Kaylor, she was a leader on and off the court. She did a lot for this program so they had big shoes to fill. The seniors this year have watched what I expect, some of them have known me for four years now and they are doing a great job of leadership,” said Coach Ross.
After a successful season last year winning TCIS regular season, TCIS championship and VISAA State Div. II State, the expectations Coach Ross has for her team remain the same. “My expectation is always to win. It’s not what I focus on. It’s not necessarily the most important thing but it’s always my expectation. I don’t ever want them to think that they go into a match and are not prepared to win. That’s the biggest thing for us is to prepare ourselves. Last year they finally learned that in their preparation. It doesn’t matter what’s happening on the other side of the net if we do what we do, we win,” said Coach Ross.
Coach Ross has 99 wins under her belt as head coach and looks forward to her 100th win. “100 is cool. I like the number. It just shows more than anything how hard these girls have worked.” The Saints open the season August 26th at Hampton Roads Academy.