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USD volleyball: Jessen settles in; skill work emphasized on Day 2

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Posted: Sunday, August 10, 2014 9:12 pm | Updated: 9:32 pm, Sun Aug 10, 2014.

It's one of the hardest things to do:

Being a freshman starting setter on a volleyball team.

Well Brittany Jessen has taken on that task as she walks into a situation with the University of South Dakota Coyotes' volleyball team surrounded by experienced talent and a team with high expectations. 

So far so good for the Mendota Heights, Minnesota native.

"Brittany is doing a great job," USD head coach Leane Williamson said. "She is 100 percent committed to making herself and her teammates better.  I am very anxious to watch her grow this year."

The team took to the practice court for day two of their preseason camp as the Coyotes prepare for their season opener Aug. 29 at the Green Bay Tournament against Pac-12 perennial threats, the University of Arizona.

Williamson said that Sunday's day with her team was a great one.

"We focused on  individual skills the majority of the day," she said. "The team was very focused and worked extremely hard to improve with each rep.  Our ability to make changes has stuck out to me.  The team is taking feedback and really well and using it to improve each drill."

This week the Coyotes will focus on their team defensive concepts.

"Both blocking and floor defense has been and will continue to be a big part of practice," Williamson said. "We know that with better defense our offense will have even more success throughout the season."

For more updates on USD Coyotes' volleyball check back here at plaintalk.net or be sure to read Friday's print edition of the Plain Talk.

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