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FOCUS ON: Sacramento State’s Women Volleyball

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Introduction: Sacramento State women’s volleyball team is undergoing change, but the team will operate just as it did before, according to new head coach Ruben Volta. Volta steps in as recently retired women’s volleyball coach Debby Colberg steps down after completing a remarkable 32-year career at Sacramento State that included an 828-292 record along with two national titles, 20 NCAA Tournament appearances, 18 conference championships and 17 coach-of-the-year awards. Her teams have posted 30 winning seasons during her 32-year tenure, and the team has made six straight NCAA Tournament appearances and 10 in the last 11 years.

Video: (Narrator:) This is “Focus” from the campus of Sacramento State.

(Ruben Volta, women’s volleyball coach, Sacramento State:) “Before that ball starts coming down, you need to be attacking it. Okay, Ball”

(Jim Finnerty, reporting:) For years, Sacramento State’s volleyball team has been a powerhouse at a conference and national level. This year there is a new element. Ruben Volta takes over as head coach from retiring Debby Colberg.

(Volta:) “I don’t think I’ll change anything dramatically. I think possibly the messages might be delivered different. I have a different personality than Debbie and things like that, but I think the overall message will be the same.“

(Finnerty:) It’s a long season for volleyball. A spring session that begins in February.

(Volta:) “We work really slowly to get ‘em back in shape. We work a lot of individual work and skill work and we progress into a team portion.”

(Finnerty:) Then after summer break competition from autumn through December.

(Volta:) “So when we come back, we sort of hit the ground running in the fall.”

(Finnerty:) For veteran players this season means new team members as well as a new coach.

(Rose Burke, senior, Sacramento State:) “The new girls are going to have to look to me to show them the kind of volleyball that Sac State’s known for. And they’re stepping up to a huge role because this team is expected to do really good things.”

(Finnerty:) That legacy is well known to Sarah Chlebana.The new assistant coach was once a star player for Sacramento State and returns to her alma mater after coaching experience in the U.S. and abroad.

(Sarah Chlebana, women’s volleyball assistant coach, Sacramento State:) “It’s neat getting to know everyone from a different perspective and also being able to give back to a program that gave me so much on the court and off the court.“

(Finnerty:) New challenges, new opportunities. A new season that players and coaches are looking forward to.

(Chlebana:) “It’s a neat place to be a part of a program like this.”

(Finnerty:) This is Jim Finnerty Reporting.

(Narrator:) For more information on this and other news from Sacramento State, visit our website.

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