VanderMey looking for Beach college success in freshman season

“I know the game very well. I’ve been around it since I was born.” 

Eckerd College beach volleyball player Teagan VanderMey. VanderMey is in her first season with the team. (Photo by Jacob White/Toronto Observer) 

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Eckerd College Tritons beach volleyball player Teagan VanderMey has lived and breathed volleyball. 

Her parents are coaches, and she is a certified referee for the game, so is well-versed in the ins and outs.

“I think my biggest strength is just strategy,” VanderMey said during morning practice. “I know the game very well. I’ve been around it since I was born.” 

Before arriving at Eckerd, VanderMey played indoor volleyball in middle and high school while being team captain at Albuquerque High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She also captured a volleyball player of the year award as part of a 2021 District Championship-winning team. 

Eckerd College freshman Tegan VanderMey at beach volleyball practice. VanderMey was captain for her high school team in Albuquerque, New Mexico and both her parents are coaches. (Photo by Jacob White/Toronto Observer)

Entering this season with the Tritons, the acclimation to her new teammates and coaches has been seamless. 

“I’ve formed such a great bond with them,” she said. “Me and my roommate are really close, which is crazy, because I had never met her until I came here. But we’re really close now and I just really appreciate all of them.

” It’s making this experience so much better.”

Assistant coach Jade Hayes added that while VanderMey is only a freshman she handles herself like a “mama bear.”

“I think she wants that for herself and for her team and she’s always ready and willing to help … she’s a lover of the game, and just provides a lot of spoken value to this team, more than she could ever know.”

For VanderMey, while the season record of 2-6 is not what she hoped for, she understands that with the combination of many freshmen, plus a late coaching change, this season would be tough. 

However, as the year moves forward, the 5-foot-7 player has some targets.

“We’ve played St. Leo (University) a lot of times, and we really want to beat them. That’s our goal,” she said.

“So, hopefully, we see them in AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association tourney) … and we just keep growing as a team and really build up the freshmen and get us ready for next season, too.”

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Posted: Mar 25 2023 1:48 pm
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