ST. JOHN’S — Krista Hogan enters her third year with the Memorial University Sea-Hawks women’s volleyball team a little more adapted to life as a student-athlete, but she knows she will have to continue getting better if she wants to be an impact player.
The Stephenville native made her debut on the Atlantic University Sport level in the libero position two years ago, but the coaching stafff opted to challenge her with the new role as one of the team’s power hitters on the left side last season.
Last season didn’t go as planned as the Sea-Hawks played host to the AUS women’s volleyball championship on home court. The Sea-Hawks bowed out in the semifinal round in a 3-1 loss (15-24, 24-16, 31-29, 25-22) to the Saint Mary’s Huskies. The Huskies eventually lost to the Dalhousie Tigers 3-0 in the AUS final.
What was more disappointing was the fact Hogan missed the entire AUS championship because she was sidelined with an ankle injury after she rolled it during a training session.
She has put the past behind her and hopes the work she put in fixing some aspects of her game over the summer will improve her stock for the 2013-2014 campaign. She believes she has improved in her role as an attacking player and feels she will only get better with more time spent honing her skillset for the position.
“I worked a lot on my play on the front court so that’s where I have to be effective,” she said of her training focus over a hectic summer that saw her excel at the left side with the 2013 Canada Summer Games women’s volleyball team.
Like the two previous seasons, Hogan is preparing to build chemistry on and off the court with a crop of new players who have aspirations to wear the Sea-Hawks crest.
“A lot of people have left and a lot of new people have come in but it seems to be a good thing again we’ve been making progress,” she said.
Official tryouts for the Sea-Hawks women’s volleyball team are scheduled for this weekend so Hogan will be ready to strut her stuff.
One thing she has learned from Day 1 with the team is no player can afford to rest on their laurels. She believes the talent level is pretty impressive and healthy competition is always a good way to motivate a player to push a little extra. Being around a group of quality players poised to crack the roster has been a positive thing for her because she embraces being pushed to reach her truest potential on the hardcourt.
“It’s crucial to have something to push you and drive you to get better and better,” she said.
Regardless of who wears the Sea-Hawks jersey this year, Hogan said the goal of the girls is to win the AUS championship. She believes the skillset is certainly there with the group being assembled, but believes things will only start to mesh with familiarity.
“The skill is 100 per cent there, but it’s just a matter of getting used to each other because there are so many new people who came in but I don’t think it will be an issue,” she said.
She admits she’s had an exhausting summer with a lot of training punched to prepare for the Canada Summer Games and a handful of her potential teammates have been through the same rigourous schedule, but she’s fresh as a daisy and has no worries about her ankle.
“It’s nice to be back. I’m excited,” she said.