Aug. 6, 2007
WACO, Texas -
Junior transfer Haley Thomas earned the volleyball team's summer strength and conditioning award, head coach Jim Barnes announced on Monday.
Thomas (Jewett, Texas) is in her first year at Baylor after transferring from Blinn College where she was a Junior College First-Team All-American for the Buccaneers. Thomas, a middle blocker who ranked second in total blocks for a career at Blinn, should see action this season at right side hitter for the Lady Bears.
"Everyone on the team worked really hard this summer," said Thomas. "We had a few injuries, but I think that we wanted to work hard to get better and prepare for the season."
During the summer, the volleyball team went through workouts four times per week, focusing on power endurance and complex movements. The Lady Bears also worked on skill specific agilities, plyometrics and cone patterns to improve on-court performance.
"Haley started making big strides as soon as she got on campus," said assistant strength and conditioning coach Milton Leal. "After coming from a program that did not focus on off-season workouts, she has shown that she is capable of playing at the highest level in the Big 12.
Thomas showed great improvement over the summer with a standing jump of 9'7" and an approach jump of 10 feet.
"I am just ready for practices to get started," said Thomas. "I really want to get in the gym and play rather than just working out. We are all really excited about the season."
Baylor will begin fall practices on Thursday and opens the 2007 season on Aug. 24-25 at the University at Buffalo Classic. The Lady Bears face the host team on Friday night before facing North Carolina and Stony Brook on Saturday. Audio for all matches this season will be available at www.baylorbears.com.