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5 things you should do on a beach court

Sept. 01, 2015, 9:12 p.m. (ET)


Did you know: April won two NCAA indoor volleyball championships at USC 

Five beach volleyball tips from Olympic silver medalist April Ross

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ALWAYS BE IN EVERY PLAY 100-PERCENT
Even when it gets tough, every point matters. Never give up on any play. You never know, you could make a couple plays and come back and find yourself with a chance to win even if you're super behind. You never want to look back and think, 'oh if I had tried harder when I thought we were going to lose, we would've ended up on top.' Stay in each point no matter where you are in the match, mentally and physically.

TRUST YOUR TEAMMATE TO DO HER JOB, TRUST YOURSELF TO DO YOURS
If your partner makes a mistake, the next play don't expect her to make the same mistake. Trust her that she'll fix what she needs to fix and you keep focusing on your job. You don't want to be caught trying to do too much because that will make you less effective. Trust your teammate, trust yourself and run your system.

FIND THE FINE LINE BETWEEN SERVING AGGRESSIVELY AND CONSISTENTLY
You don't want to serve so aggressively that you miss too many serves. But you don't want to lollipop your serve in and make it easy on the other team even if it allows you to get every serve in. It's a fine line that's different for everyone between getting your serve in and making it tough. It'll fluctuate each day, you'll have to learn how to adjust that fine line.

TAKE TIME IN YOUR WARMUP TO MENTALLY VISUALIZE
Before you start to warmup, find five to ten minutes to visualize yourself doing everything well. Go through each skill you're going to do in the match and picture yourself doing it perfectly.

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