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Momentum Exclusive: Serving for Success

Let’s take a deep dive into serving. This article poses a number of questions for your reflection and a whole host of thoughts on what should go into your serving profile, philosophy and delivery plan.

Momentum Exclusive: Serving for Success

I’ve often heard it said that matches are won and lost on the serving line. That no matter what the level is, it still comes down to a serve and pass game. Coaches will explain away a loss by saying that they just missed too many serves, or that they didn’t serve tough enough to put their opponents in trouble.

Coaches sometimes deliver mixed messages to their athletes, often resulting in ...


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Brenda Willis is a five-time OUA Coach of the Year, and winner of the OUA 3M Coaching Award in 2010 who finished her career in her 31st season with the Gaels in 2017-18, and her 43rd year of coaching overall. She posted a career record of 366-196 (0.651 winning percentage), including a 325-153 (0.680) mark in OUA play. In the summer of 2009, Willis served as Head Coach of the National Maccabia Men’s Volleyball Team, earning bronze medal for Canada, the first men’s volleyball medal Canada has ever won in these games. In 1993, she led Team Ontario to a gold medal finish at the Canada Games. Willis completed a 10 year stint as President of the Ontario Volleyball Association, and remains an active Learning Facilitator for Levels One through Three. In 2007, she was the honoured recipient of the Rolf Lund Jule Nisse Award, presented by the Ontario Sport Alliance and the Ministry of Health Promotion to an individual who has demonstrated a life-time commitment to Playground to Podium Sport

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