Volleyball tryouts were held in the BYU-Idaho Center from Sept. 26 to 28, filling five courts on the gym floor with the sounds of bumps, sets and spikes.
After three tryouts, coaches drafted a total of ten teams, with 120 players making the final cut.
Brittany Pedraza, a senior studying child development and the women’s volleyball coordinator, said this season was unique in that on the first day of tryouts, coaches had no clue what sort of turnout to expect, but prepared for an increase over Spring Semester 2013.
“Enrollment right now is 5,000 for new freshmen,” Pedraza said. “That’s a ton. We honestly don’t know how many are coming out right now.”
Pedraza said with the high enrollment and uncertainty going into the first day, the coaches had a lot of work to do.
As they observed the players and ran them through basic drills, coaches took notes, jotting down the jersey number of the players that stood out to them.
Rory Wolfman, a sophomore studying biology and one of the volunteer coaches for Fall Semester, 2013, said that to make an effective coach, a player has to be experienced.
“We’re just looking for a good all around player,” Wolfman said. “Somebody who can pass, set, and serve [at a high level].”
Wolfman also said that there are warning signs for coaches watching the tryout — problems that help them sort out the players who will be drafted and those who won’t.
“Missing consecutive serves would be a warning, and missing passes would be a warning,” Wolfman said. “I’d say those two are probably the biggest.”
The volleyball draft is scheduled to be split between Sept. 27 and 28, with coaches making preliminary selections Friday and following on Saturday with the rest of their picks to make sure they get a good look at every player.
A preseason jamboree will take place Oct. 11. The first games will be played Oct. 18.