How do you
motivate yourself knowing that there's a top team in
France that dominate this championship so very strongly? Is there any motivation
in playing for
only third place? What do you think about the
French championship (games, skills, fans, etc...
)? What do you think about the competition between
La Rochette (3rd)and Villebon (2nd) and do you enjoy this kind of
competition between these two closely located towns?
It's easy to motivate myself even when a team like
Cannes is so much stronger than the others, and when
La Rochette's goal was to finish third place, because
I like to play against odds. The fact that I
could be a part of this challenge to finish better
than third and maybe even beat Cannes for the first
time this year, motivates me to train harder, in hopes
of reaching my potential and helping my teammates
reach theirs. Every match we played gave us a
chance to get better and prepared us for our biggest
challenge of the championship. Every time we
played against Villebon, the second place team, we had
to overcome the mental block that exists for La
Rochette from years of losing to them. To
beat Villebon, our game had to be flawless. We
had to make fewer errors while challenging their
consistent defence and strong attack. We learned
that every team can be beaten when we finally managed
to challenge them enough to beat them (one time only
this year). If it were easy, our satisfaction
with that victory wouldn't have been so great.
Although it is hard to motivate oneself to play for
third place when the team has already finished third
for the past two years, there is a challenge in being
as strong as the previous team, especially when many
players have come and gone. We found
satisfaction in the last match of the season when
first and second place were already out of reach.
We won the third-fourth place match, our last match of
the season, for third.
The French Championship?
I believe that every volleyball championship must
first try to achieve the best of itself before its
quality can be compared to other countries. Its
quality is based on the level of play of its players
and coaches (both native and foreign), the federation
and how it reinforces its rules, and the organization
of all of these components.