Volleyball Ladies Enjoy Team-Building Lessons at Ropes Course
Friday, August 11, 2006

Rebekah Hill is carried by teammates.

Christina Nichols and Rebekah Hill
test a theory.

The Ladies formulate a plan.

Asst. Coach Susie Jangada
shows off her balancing skills.

MARSHALL, Texas—The Centenary volleyball team continued its preseason efforts today with a trip to Marshall, Texas, to the East Texas Baptist University Ropes Course. The course is designed to instill trust amongst teammates and challenges players to work together to accomplish goals and to work as a single cohesive unit.


The Ladies tackled projects such as carrying each other for determined distances, formulating and carrying out strategies to move a water bucket with a swinging rope from one point to another without spilling the water, passing each member of the team through a tire eight feet in the air, and multiple high elevation challenges.


“This has been a great experience and has really helped us get to know each other more,” said head coach Jenny Hazelwood. “I hope to see all that we have learned here show on the court.”


The players successfully passed several challenges by discussing plans and then altering them as the situation dictated. The Ladies enjoyed themselves on the campus of ETBU and shared in some memorable moments in addition to the valuable lessons learned through the exercises.


“The course was a fun way to get to know one another,” said senior Stephanie Scanlan. “We were really able to bond as a team. It gave us great memories to share as well, such as rapping to ‘I’m a little teapot’.”


The Ladies volleyball team will be back in the Gold Dome for practice tomorrow as they continue their preseason workouts. Centenary opens the season on August 25th and 26th at a tournament hosted by the 11th-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols in Knoxville, Tenn.