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Digging In: Spartan Volleyball Celebrates National Girls & Women in Sports Day

Digging In: Spartan Volleyball Celebrates National Girls & Women in Sports Day

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Last Wednesday marked the 37th annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD), a day that inspires girls and women to play, be active and realize their full potential. What began in 1987 as a day in our nation’s capital to recognize women’s sports has become much more as we unite to celebrate the achievements of women in sports while pushing for further advancements in equity.
 
Michigan State’s NGWSD celebration has become a week-long event with the Spartans hosting home events for three women’s sports last week (women’s tennis, gymnastics, women’s basketball). Michigan State’s volleyball program attended all three events, cheering on their peers from the stands.
 
Throughout the week, MSU volleyball had the opportunity to exercise the serve portion of its core team values (Serve, Grow, Honor) among the greater Lansing community by setting up at a pair of NGWSD youth clinics. Along with other women’s sports on campus, volleyball’s student-athletes interacted with hundreds of kids from Ingham County and beyond to sign autographs and teach basic volleyball skills like setting and passing.
 

 

Michigan State head volleyball coach Leah Johnson has been an advocate for women’s empowerment throughout her career and instills those values in her student-athletes and staff. Johnson’s one-year anniversary with the Spartan volleyball program is coming up on Tuesday, Feb. 7.
 
“I want to continue to be someone who provides space for women, empowers them, reminds them to find their strengths and lean in, that they deserve a seat at every table,” Johnson said at her introductory press conference last February.
 
WEEKLY PRACTICE CHECK IN
In week two of off-season training, MSU volleyball continued working on the offensive side of the net with an emphasis on tempo and timing. As a reminder, outside of the declared playing season student-athletes are limited to eight hours of athletic activities each week and no more than four of those eight hours can be dedicated to skill instruction.
 
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