VOLLEYBALL

Holly Reschke Enjoying Success at UT With Eyes on Professional Beach Volleyball Career

Raised by a close-knit family of supportive parents and an older brother, University of Tampa outside hitter Holly Reschke sees the dedication of her family in her volleyball career.

“My mom hasn’t missed one of my volleyball games since I started playing so that’s pretty cool,” she proudly shared when asked about her family. 

“It’s been a while,” says Reschke, since she first took the court in middle school and has loved the game of volleyball ever since that day. 

Reschke began her career with the University of Tampa Spartans as a freshman in 2010.  She has played in 17 sets, including the NCAA Division II South Regional her first year, an outstanding accomplishment for a true freshman. 
During her sophomore year, Reschke was named to the NCAA South Regional all-tournament team, finishing the season with 272 kills including double-digit kills in 12 games.

Before every game, Reschke follows a strict routine.  With her hair in a side French braid and wearing her ribbon, she listens to her personalized pre-game playlist.  “I don’t know if I can reveal that. That’s just one of my things,” she lightheartedly replied when asked about the content of her playlist. 

Reschke is very confident about the outcome of this season. “The conference is wide open this year.  It’s very different from last year because of the team’s early losses whereas last year, the team went undefeated for so long.” 

The early losses in the season revealed the Spartan’s weaknesses allowing them to work on them to improve them for later matches.

The team will be able to become stronger as a result of the season’s current results.  “We have potential to go really far this year,” Reschke stated confidently.

“I want to play professional beach volleyball to go in a different route,”  when asked about her future in the sport. Reschke shared that she has the goal of becoming a professional beach volleyball player. “Oh my, they’re so good!” exclaimed Reschke as she looks up to three-time Olympic beach volleyball gold medalists, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings.

With another year of eligibility after her career with the University of Tampa Spartans, Reschke is considering going to post-graduate school on the west coast to play beach volleyball with the ultimate goal of becoming a professional beach volleyball player after the experience. 

To prepare for her goal of professional beach volleyball, Reschke has participated tournaments as part of the Dig the Beach Series in Florida.  She also tried out for a high performance beach volleyball team.  “I made it so I went out to California and played over the summer.  I was playing with big time players which was really cool.”

Besides being eager about her steps towards a beach volleyball career, Reschke is genuinely enthusiastic for her future.  “I’m excited to see where my life takes me.  I’m really excited for teaching also, but I’m hoping I won’t do that for a while [because of volleyball]...”

In response to why Reschke chose to study elementary education, she stated “I want to make a difference in the world because I’m not the biggest fan of school. I just feel like you could really make a difference in someone’s life.  Where I’m from there’s a lot of low income areas, so I really want to just help them like school and make them do something great with their lives.”

When asked what grade she would like to teach, Reschke will be making that decision during her practicum classes when she is gaining experience with different grade levels. 

“I just have such a passion for it. I love it. I don’t think I’d be here if I didn’t love it,” Reschke responded when asked why she has continued to play volleyball for almost ten years now and with no end in sight.

Written by Mary Lee Gibson

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