July 29, 2012
CONWAY - Kindra Bailey, a rising junior on the Coastal Carolina volleyball team, spent July in China playing for the Bring It Promotions/USA All-Star Team.
After training in Anaheim, Calif., the squad left for China on July 1. While in China, the team played six matches versus professional teams in Tianjin, Shanghai and Liaoning. The group also participated in a banquet and was able to experience the sights and culture of the area.
Bailey is one of two Chanticleers that started all 33 matches last season. She registered 271 kills and had a team-best .294 hitting percentage to rank fourth in the Big South while ranking second on the team with 87 blocks.
How did you get on the BIP/USA Team?
Thankfully, (Coastal Carolina Head) Coach (Jozsef) Forman knew the director of the program Tim Kelly and put in a good word so I was able to join without much trouble. Many of the other girls were professional players represented by Tim.
How was it playing against some of the best teams in China?
It was definitely a growing experience. The volleyball was really fast pace and the Chinese teams were extremely disciplined so it was an adjustment at first but it was great because now I've proved to myself that I can compete at that high level of play.
From some video, there seemed to be good crowds, what was it like playing in that environment?
Playing in front of crowds like that was like no other experience I've had. Volleyball is one of the most popular sports in China so the crowds brought drums and chanted the whole time, so it was different than any other environment I played in but I loved the energy they gave.
What was the most memorable non-volleyball part of the trip?
I would have to say walking a part of the Great Wall was the most memorable. There's so much history behind it and the scenery was beautiful.
How was overcoming the language barrier?
It was pretty difficult when I and other players would go out on our own. Even the hand signs for numbers are different! But when we were as a team we usually had a tour guide or translator to make it easy.
What can you take from playing such high quality opponents into this season?
I feel that my volleyball IQ has gone up a lot this summer because of China. I've seen what great players do in order to win and I had to learn how to score against tough blockers, so hopefully that will translate into my play in the Big South.
To watch the BIP/USA team featuring Bailey, follow the links below: