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Beach Volleyball team prepares for their first season

Skyler Brooks practices on the new beach volleyball court. (Alexis Bernal)

The women’s beach volleyball team that started at Texas Wesleyan last semester began practicing for their first official season last month. 

In preparation for the upcoming season, the team has been growing the program starting from the ground up. The coach has recruited a full team and the first beach volleyball court was built during their preseason last semester. Head coach Jorge Rodriguez’s main goal has been to ensure the program has a good foundation to stand on for it to grow. 

 “The sport is growing so it is competitive, but I am sure we can have a very competitive team,” Rodriquez said. 

 The women will play their first two games on Friday, March 1 against East Texas Baptist

Players at practice learn new techniques for playing in the sand. (Alexis Bernal)

University (ETBU) and Ottawa University Kansas. These games are a part of the 2024 ETBU Beach Classic, their first tournament of the season. 

Transfer education major Skylar Brooks is a new player in the sport of beach volleyball. She said she is taking in everything for her personal improvement.  

“For instance, like setting, I was stuck to indoor setting and finally I am understanding how much of a transition it is from indoor to the court,” Brooks said. 

To prepare for the upcoming tournaments, the team practices Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4 p.m., Friday 3 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. Junior sociology major Holland Hancock has dealt with overcoming her personal challenges, with being far from home and healing numerous injuries in the preseason.  

Hancock said her goal for the season is “to be at the top and then even if I’m not there, to work my way up there.” 

For more information or to keep up with the women’s beach volleyball team go to

Head Coach Jorge Rodriguez helping the women during practice. (Alexis Bernal)
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Alexis Bernal
Alexis Bernal, Content Producer
Alexis Bernal is a junior here at Texas Wesleyan and she is on the cheerleading team. Alexis was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She fell in love with sports reporting last year where she worked for her previous school newspaper and radio station covering men's basketball, football, and volleyball. She is excited to connect with her community and broaden her reporting by covering the exciting stories on campus here at Texas Wesleyan.

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