CORLEW BACK TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
October 12, 2013Earlham College Broadcast Sports
Young Earlham Volleyball Team Adds a Familiar Face
by Derek Blunk, RadioTroy.com Sports
Earlham College has undergone a new coaching change to begin the season, naming Jason Yhost head coach in the summer of 2013. Along with the new coaching addition to the team, the Quakers have also added eight freshmen this year, more than half of the team being new to the program. Along with the new freshmen additions, one addition isn’t so new after all. Jazmyn Corlew, a senior from Elyria, Ohio took her junior year off of volleyball, but decided to return this year.
When asked what made her return for her senior year, Corlew responded with new coaching, the load of incoming freshmen, and her old teammates encouraging her to play.
“(Yhost) knows a lot about the game,” Corlew answered when asked what she likes about the new coach. “He’s got high expectations for us and I like that about him.”
Corlew also said that while on her year off, she definitely missed playing, and would even sometimes come to the games to watch the lady Quakers play.
The level of competition seemed to be the difference for Corlew from her previous experiences on the team. “The difference from this year and my sophomore and freshmen year is that there is more, tougher competition than before,” said Corlew. “Even practices are competitive, and games are extra competitive.”
Even knowing she was returning to a struggling program in the rebuilding process, Corlew said it wasn’t tough for her. “A lot of my old teammates would egg me on to come back and they welcomed me with open arms when I did return.”
“I’m definitely glad I returned for my senior year,” Corlew ended with.
Coach Yhost had some insight as well on Corlew.
“Jazmyn has played well for the most part,” responded Yhost when asked how Corlew has played this year. “A few inconsistencies but I’ve moved her around quite a bit, but she’s responded well. She can be a bright light for us at a lot of times, although just as susceptible to errors as the other girls are, but she’s really aggressive and a good teammate, trying to the right thing.”
Short on seniors this year, with Kazondra Ramos being the only other senior on the squad, I asked what Corlew brings to the table from a leadership perspective.
“She knows the game of volleyball, and she’s very motivating and a hard worker, which can wear off on other teammates,” answered Yhost. “She’s a vocal leader, and she’s willing to say things to the team when I’m not there to address them to motivate her teammates.”
The team has really utilized her return, as she lead the Quakers with ten kills and also added three digs in Wednesday losing effort to Defiance. Corlew is majoring in Psychology with the hopes of going into guidance counseling and coaching after school.