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Mean Green soccer and volleyball captains work behind the scenes

Mean Green soccer and volleyball captains work behind the scenes

Mean Green soccer and volleyball captains work behind the scenes
October 15
12:15 2013

Akshay Mirchandani / Staff Writer

Most clubs and organizations have a leader – someone who is vocal, sets an example and tries to achieve success. That is exactly what the captains of the Mean Green volleyball and soccer teams try to do.

“You have to make sure you’re all on the same page as far as chemistry and getting along and also the fun aspect of it and reminding everyone to stay positive when you’re losing,” senior defender Kelsey Hodges said.

The soccer captains are Hodges and senior defender Tori Adame, both chosen by head coach John Hedlund. Hodges has held the position since her sophomore year and said one of the biggest challenges is making sure everyone is up-to-date.

“It’s not the easiest job, believe me, because you’ve got 23 other players that you’re trying to get on the same page,” Hedlund said. “It can be tough at times, but we’re just looking to captains that can bring the team together and have that bonding that we need so we’re playing hard for each other off the field.”

One of the most important roles the two captains play is helping the incoming freshmen acclimate to college life.

“It’s their first year here and first year away from home,” Hedlund said. “They’re almost like the coaches off the field, because they are practically around these girls 24 hours.”

Senior outside hitter Courtney Windham, junior outside hitter Eboni Godfrey and senior libero Shelby Tamura captain the Mean Green volleyball team. The team voted on Windham and Tamura and head coach Andrew Palileo picked Godfrey as the third captain.

“It means a lot because that means they are put in a position of leadership,” Palileo said. “They know what responsibilities need to get accomplished. It’s almost like an extended arm of the head coach.”

The volleyball team also has committees comprised of the players, five total, responsible for a different aspect of the team such as nutrition, academics and maintenance of the locker room.

“We have separate committees that keep the locker room and the gym clean,” Godfrey said. “We kind of help out those committees to get what they need to get done.”

Godfrey said that a captain should be tough in the face of adversity, to recover from a tough loss or challenge.

“A captain has to be very resilient,” Godfrey said. “They have to be able to bounce back from errors and bad games a lot quicker than everybody else does because we still have to come back the next day and say, ‘hey, now we’ve learned from it, and now we can do something different or work even harder.’”

Senior defender Kelsey Hodges in action against University of Houston Cougars at the Mean Green Village Soccer Field on August 31, 2012. Feature photo courtesy of Rick Yeatts

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