Guam - Our women's national volleyball team is gearing up for a run at the gold medal at this year's Micronesian Games held in Pohnpei. With months of training behind them the two-time defending champions look to keep the gold medal here at home.
Emma Gillan Gatewood, the Team Captain, said, "Since we are two-time defending gold medalist from micro Games, definitely our top goal is to get that gold again and bring it back to Guam. Keep it where it has been for the last 2 Micronesian games. We have working real hard to get to this point and we have a lot of returning players from the East Asian Games that we just competed in October. We don't have too many players that have been to the Micronesian Games but we do have players that do have international competition under their belts and everyone on the team has played since high school. So we have a lot of experience and we are just getting use to playing together as a team since this is the first time that this group of 12 women have played together."
Training leading up to this point has been hard and challenging with the players sacrificing their time for two a day work outs. For some of the younger players on the team the transition has been smooth and encouraging for their confidence. The ladies stress the importance of communication and look to continue to build chemistry with off the court activities.
Leah Castro, the starting setter, said, 'In the mornings on Mondays, Wednesday and Saturdays we go to a Cross Fit class at Synergy so that helps us with our stamina and our physical abilities. And then on Mondays and Wednesdays at night we come to a gym and do our regular practices. Also off the court we do some team bonding to get to know each other so that on the court we have more chemistry. The team was very welcoming especially as a setter it's hard to accept this position because they are use to the old setter but they have opened up to me a lot and pushed me through all of the practices and helped me to fix my sets and give me good advice."