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Emily Holombeck becomes new volleyball coach

Emily Caples, Contributing Writer

 

 

It is a new year for the University of Dallas. Besides incoming freshman, the women’s volleyball team will have an additional new face out on the volleyball court this season. Her name is Emily Holombek, and she is already in the thick of things, coaching the UD volleyball team to what looks to be a promising season. Recently, I sat down with her to ask her a few questions about her experience and her decision to join the UD athletic staff.

EC: How is the team looking for the year?

EH: The team is looking strong.  Although we have a smaller team, we have one full of leaders and experience.  With all returners, minus two freshman, these girls have all played together before.  We are only two weeks in, and we already have a team bond that I feel is irreplaceable and will help us through the season.

EC: How are the players interacting with each other?

EH: As well as any coach could hope for them to.  I have been very lucky coming into a team that genuinely cares about each and every person who is a part of it, and that shows, day in and day out.

EC: What are some short- and long-term goals you have for this year?

EH: Some of my short-term goals for this year would be to make an immediate impact on the SCAC [Southern Collegiate Academic Conference] and come out strong with a sweep of our first conference games, which will be at home in the Maher Athletic Center!

Emily Holombek, the 15th volleyball head coach at the University of Dallas. -University of Dallas Photo
Emily Holombek, the 15th volleyball head coach at the University of Dallas.
-University of Dallas Photo

Long-term, I am looking for consistent play from each individual as well as the team as a whole, and a continual improvement on a daily basis.  We would like to finish higher than last year and with a stronger record.

EC: What are some obstacles you foresee?

EH: Falling into a routine of practice and drills is something that every team is subject to.  It is my job to help remind the girls that it is our job as parts of this team to make sure that we are working on something to make us better each and every day as people. And we need to remember that we are working to make ourselves and our team better every time we step foot on the court.

EC: What are some strengths and weaknesses of the team so far?

EH: Some strengths would be that, early on, our middle connection with setters is clicking.  Another strength would be the unity and motivation of these girls.  They all support each other throughout everything and help keep one another motivated and positive, and that is something that can be hard to find.

One of our weaknesses is that we are working to not only be a better team, but we are still working to learn about each other; the team trying to figure out the coach and the coach trying to figure out the team.  It isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it is something that we will have to work on throughout the year.

EC: How long have you been coaching volleyball?

EH: I have been coaching volleyball since I was a player in college.  I started with some group lessons and worked my way from helping with camps to running camps to assisting in college and now to being a collegiate head coach.

EC: What is it about the University of Dallas that drew you here?

EH: Location and size are the two main things that caught my eye. I am a Dallas native, born and raised around the Dallas area, and UD is close to my family and friends.  I also like the smaller size of the school which helps give it that family feel and tight-knit community that I enjoy and that I feel like I can excel in.

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