Keri Coats Journal No. 6

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 20, 2003

Nov. 19, 2003
Well this is one of my final journal entries for the season.  We have four matches left and it seems like the season has flown by.  Unfortunately, I am sidelined with a bad ankle.  I’ll spend some more time on the injury when I answer a few email questions.  For now I want to discuss last weekend’s match.

The Missouri match last weekend was a lot of fun to watch.  I was very excited by the team’s play and believe if we had won the second game, which we lost 30-28, we would’ve taken the match.  The team obviously played very well because they set a bunch of records.

I was very impressed with Christina Maynes.  She continues to step up her play to a new level as the season goes on.  Her attacking ability really stands out to me.  I honestly don’t know how she gets it through the block some times.  She has good range and a wide array of quality shots.  Christina has utilized those skills very effectively during Big 12 play this season.

Our left side hitters are a fun tandem to watch.  Christina is the calm attacker who makes smart shots.  Our other left side, Joanna Schmitt, has the ability to intimidate other teams with potent swings.  She also does a great job of firing up the team.  She is an emotional player that likes to carry the team.

I thought Joanna had one of her best matches of the season against Missouri.  In my opinion, she outplayed Missouri freshman Jessica Vander Kooi.  Vander Kooi is very talented and I don’t want to take anything away from her, but Joanna had every facet of her game going. My vote for Big 12 Freshman of the Year would go to Joanna.

Well I am off to rehab and then it is time for the pre-game meal.  I hope to see some of you out there tonight when we play No. 5 Kansas State at the McCasland Field House.

How frustrating is it to sit on the sidelines when you have been in the starting lineup all season?
Sheila from Omaha, Neb.

It is very frustrating. I never like to sit out. I don’t like to watch the team go through new things without me.  When I am rehabbing in the training room, I generally don’t get to see much of practice.  Of course those are the instances when the coach’s put new skills or rotations into the game plan.  If I could have it my way I would never miss a minute of any practice or game.  It frustrates me too much.

Right now, the most annoying thing is the stupid boot I have to wear.   I cannot accessorize with a big ole boot on my foot.

When the season is over, how do you plan to spend your free time?  Are you looking forward to anything in particular?
Nicole from Del City, Okla.

Actually, I just want to experience Norman.  I haven’t had time to absorb much of the atmosphere around town because I went right into the volleyball routine when I got here from Idaho. I couldn’t even tell you what all of campus looks like.

I haven’t been up to Oklahoma City and seen any of the sights there.  I’d like to spend some time walking around Bricktown and shopping.  Hopefully this summer I can take in a Redhawks game as well.

I’d also like to get out and support some of the other teams at OU.  I really want to see both of our basketball team’s play.  I’ve never seen a gymnastics meet and I think that would be fun to watch, as well as a few baseball and softball games.

How is the injury?  Does it come from transitioning to middle hitter?  What do you think the most difficult adjustment from the outside to middle?
Chris from Norman

The injury is progressing in a positive fashion.  The soreness is going away and hopefully I will be on the court tonight against No. 5 Kansas State, if not I’d like to be back in time for Texas this weekend.

It’s possible that the injury was partially caused by the change of positions. At middle I jump off my left leg more because it is a different attack. Plus I am constantly moving laterally. It could definitely be a factor in my left ankle injury.

The most difficult adjustment is the transition. You have to do everything very quickly and be prepared to attack at all times. Usually, you don’t get the set, but as middle it is your responsibility to draw the opposing middle blocker away from the outside.

Have a good week. Boomer Sooner!

- #13 Keri Coats
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