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Varsity - April 17, 2022

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42 // VARSITY April 17, 2014 W isconsin volleyball coach Kelly Sheffield called up his players after an early morn- ing spring practice that was punctuated at the end by serving drills; nonstop, repetitious serv- ing. Standing next to a large white dry-erase board that reflected individual results, Sheffield, the 2013 National Coach of the Year by Volleyball Magazine, delivered a message to his team, the NCAA runner- up. "My definition of mental toughness," he said, "is moving on to the next serve quickly or the next play quickly or the next set quickly or the next match quickly. "Some of our kids, when they were going back there and serving, were having some errors and they were carrying with them to the line." He equated volleyball's serving line to basketball's free throw line. "When people are approaching the free throw line at the end of games," he said, "look at their eyes and their body language. You can tell who's ready for the moment and who's not." It may have greater application after a missed free throw. What are the eyes and body language saying then? "The great ones are locked in," Sheffield said. "That was the message in practice." In December, the UW players learned a painful les- son on how costly service errors can be when Penn State capitalized on most of them and won the NCAA championship match, 3-1. "When your best is called for, are you able to exe- JACK MCLAUGHLIN

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