Sunday afternoon volleyball

I have received numerous doubtful looks when I tell people I played sports throughout my childhood and into high school. Throughout my collegiate years, I’ve lost the athletic build I once had as a post player-turned outside/right side hitter, and now, nobody believes me when I tell the story that once upon a time, I was an athlete. A pretty good one, at that.

In light of this, it should come as no surprise that I enjoy shooting sports, and Sunday, I had the opportunity to photograph the Southern Miss volleyball team.

Volleyball, I’ve learned, is a complicated sport to shoot. It’s unpredictable in high school, when most teams scramble to simply return the serve or hit, but it’s calculated in college. While the game still partially unpredictable, you have more leeway in shooting because you have the general idea that the team will follow the pass-set-hit sequence to get the ball over the net. And, as someone who played the sport, I have a good idea of what is happening.

These girls didn’t disappoint, and I came out of the day with some pretty good images.

Southern Miss setter Kelsea Seymour (17) sets the ball during the Southern Miss-Rice match Sunday afternoon at the Reed Green Coliseum. (Photo by Erin Parker / The Hattiesburg American)

Southern Miss setter Kelsea Seymour (17) sets the ball during the Southern Miss-Rice match Sunday afternoon at the Reed Green Coliseum. (Photo by Erin Parker / The Hattiesburg American)

Southern Miss players celebrate after a kill during the Southern Miss-Rice match Sunday afternoon at the Reed Green Coliseum. (Photo by Erin Parker / The Hattiesburg American)

Southern Miss players celebrate after a kill during the Southern Miss-Rice match Sunday afternoon at the Reed Green Coliseum. (Photo by Erin Parker / The Hattiesburg American)

More images can be found on the Hattiesburg American Web site here.

What did you do Sunday afternoon?

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  • October 22, 2009 - 12:30 pm

    shobhna - That second picture is adorable. πŸ™‚

    I can so sympathize with you. I played basketball for most of my middle and high school, but gave it up around when I was 16 (I wanted to be more “academic”, pfft!), and I have trouble convincing most people that I used to be athletic. πŸ˜›

    About Sunday afternoon… it's odd that you asked because I realized that it already feels likea lifetime ago. I was packing to come back to college from home. It's been four days since and I've never ever missed home so much! πŸ™ReplyCancel

  • October 24, 2009 - 12:40 pm

    Erin - Thanks! Isn't it fun? I love celebration shots. And it's crazy that people don't believe us! We were totally athletic back in the day!

    Aww. Sunday feels so far away, too, but it's almost a week later. I always got that little ache for home right after arriving back at school. Hopefully, you're getting back into the groove and not missing home as much now.ReplyCancel

  • October 24, 2009 - 7:40 pm

    Erin - Thanks! Isn't it fun? I love celebration shots. And it's crazy that people don't believe us! We were totally athletic back in the day!

    Aww. Sunday feels so far away, too, but it's almost a week later. I always got that little ache for home right after arriving back at school. Hopefully, you're getting back into the groove and not missing home as much now.ReplyCancel

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