This week we hear from Terese Cannon (USC Graduate), Amanda Dowdy Lawson (Texas Tech Graduate), and Jace Pardon (FSU Graduate).
What tip would you share with junior athletes and/or coaches when returning to play based on your recent experiences?
Terese: Be patient with yourself. After taking so much time off it is easy to get frustrated when things don't go as planned. But it's like riding a bike! All the skills will come back sooner than you think.
Amanda: Stay focused on the process of getting better and getting back into the game after many months off. Also, start slow with a plan and allow your body to adapt over time rather than going all out right away.
Jace: Be okay with going slow at first! Bring a positive attitude to each session!
As we are returning to play what expectations do you have of event promoters when traveling to compete in an event?
Terese: We are obviously in a super tough situation and I am so grateful that event promoters are still trying to make these tournaments happen. I would expect that we will be playing with no fans for a while and that there will be COVID testing/social distancing rules and regulations in place.
Amanda: Provide resources for the athletes to exercise proper hygiene or safety measures and to encourage those standards throughout the entire event. Make them known and make it as inclusive as possible. For example, keeping hand sanitizer on every bench for time outs and in between sets. Also doing their part to make sure the equipment is clean throughout the entire event.
What pumps you up the most from fans and supporters at tournaments and off the beach?
Terese: I love it when fans are passionate about the sport. It's awesome to hear them cheering mid rally for all the great plays. It really helps remind me of why we play!
Amanda: I love to hear a loud crowd on the stadium court. Not much better than that. But since Champions Cup is an athlete only event due to COVID, I would say watching our matches on Amazon Prime Video and NBC and tagging me on your posts on social media platforms to let me know you’re rooting for me. Also if you know me personally, texts are always welcomed 🙂 It’s an awesome experience to know and feel the wave of support behind you and surrounding you. I can’t wait to hear from y’all! Off the court - words of encouragement or saying hello if you see me out and about in my daily life.
Jace: When they are excited and really into the match or when I get a DM or am tagged in posts about volleyball from them!
As you head back to the sand what are essential items in your bag?
Terese: So much sunscreen! Plus sunglasses, a visor, my hydroflask, snacks, a ball pump, towel, and a Bluetooth speaker.
Amanda: I definitely am a creature of habit and I love to be prepared. My essential items in my bag for training or competition are ... Hyperice Hypervolt Bands for stretching and warm-up exercises, Sarong :), Shiseido sunscreen + plenty of Alba Botanica spray sunscreen, 2 pairs of my Oakley Sport Sunglasses, plenty of water Nuun electrolytes Zhou BCAA’s + Beet Complete for immediate recovery, always a change of clothes + extra JOLYN swimsuit, and my favorite of all, snacks!
Jace: Water, strength bands, hypervolt, sunscreen
What city or country would you like to compete at on the FIVB World Tour in the next year (appreciating it would run)?
Terese: I would love to compete somewhere in New Zealand.
Amanda: Gstaad, Switzerland.
Jace: Not sure yet!
Who did you look up to in playing beach at any stage of your career and why?
Terese: April Ross - I love her style of play and am inspired by how hard she works.
Amanda: I think every beach volleyball athlete my age would say Kerri Walsh-Jennings or Misty May. I looked up to both. I also love to watch any athlete ranked ahead of me. To learn from them and see what they are doing well to be in that position both on the court and off. I’m always watching, learning and working to get better.
Jace: April Ross! She’s humble, hard-working and never complacent!