Pack senior middle blocker is looking to go out in style during senior campaign.
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By WESTON ALLENBACK, GoThunderWolves.com Insider
So far it's a perfect start for what is her last chance to make her mark on the volleyball world, , but let's be clear - she has already made quite the impression.
For senior middle blocker Angela McAdams (Sr., Blinn, Texas), this season is something she is keeping in perspective.
Leading her team to a 4-0 start in her home state of Texas at last weekend's St. Mary's/St. Edward's Classic, earning all-tournament honors, is just the beginning to what the season could have in store for the CSU-Pueblo volleyball team. Though this is the best start by a ThunderWolves volleyball squad since 1997, McAdams isn't satisfied just yet.
"For the team, I have huge expectations," McAdams said. "I want to make it to the national tournament. I know what it feels like to be at one and I want my teammates to know what that feels like too."
Not only did her 2008 Blinn College team get the experience of a national tournament, they were able to win an NJCAA National Championship.
"It was awesome," McAdams said. "It was one of the best volleyball experiences that I have ever had. I think because a lot of my teammates are new, they don't know my background, but I think the way that I carry myself, they know that I have big goals for us and I am trying to lead the way."
Being a part of a national championship team will surely give McAdams the confidence she needs to do the same with this year's ThunderWolves team. For the most part, the team has a number of new faces, or relatively new faces, including second year coach, Jen Gomez.
"I came in with her (Gomez) so this is only my second year," McAdams said. "So I was one of her first recruits, and I love the way that she runs things. I think we all fit really well with the way that she runs the volleyball team."
To go along with the high expectations she has for the team, McAdams has big expectations for her personal season as well. Though her goal is to make the all-conference team, she knows that it's going to be about more than just here individual play.
"We have an entirely different work ethic and a new attitude, so that is a part of it." McAdams said. "My fitness level is 10 times better than it was last year. I stayed over the summer and worked with our trainer (Tony Harrison) every day of the week. I think it is showing in my game."
So far, the hard work has paid dividends for McAdams. Earlier this week, she was named the RMAC Defensive Player of the Week for her stellar play over the weekend, racking up 11 blocks and 8 digs to go along with 56 kills in the four games.
"It went great," McAdams said. "Much, much better start than last year. Totally different team."
Though the majority of McAdams' focus is the season that looks to show great promise, she also manages a full school load. Hoping to graduate this coming May with a degree in exercise science, she doesn't really have much time for fun.
"I am pretty focused on volleyball, I spend a lot time in school and not much time at home," McAdams said. "I like to hang out with my friends, my teammates, and I like to read a lot, which is kind of nerdy. God is a big part of my life also; I like to go to church when we are not traveling."
McAdams and the rest of her CSU-Pueblo volleyball team look to continue their hot start this coming weekend when the host the ThunderWolves Classic.
"We are playing teams in our region, so the better we do now, the better we will be more help in the long run," McAdams said. "We want to win those games to and start 8-0 for conference."