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Former ETSU Volleyball player excels on world stage
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Palmer plays for AOK Osijek, Akademski (Academic) Odbojkaski (Women's Volleyball) Klub (Club) of
"It is a totally different mindset in many respects and in order to adjust and understand I have to accept and embrace the differences," Palmer said. "You have to take it and appreciate it for what it is not what you thought it would be or what you want it to be. It's not a situation you can compare to life in the states, doing that would only frustrate you."
For Palmer, playing at ETSU has helped her with the transition to the professional game in
The league that
Palmer enjoys playing for her head coach, who is also the head coach for the Croatian National Team. Many of her teammates speak English, but
Palmer faces other major differences including practices and drills.
"Gyms are so packed and overbooked in this city that we have late practices, sometimes from 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.," Palmer said. "I have never done that before. Also unlike at ETSU we don't have unlimited gym time so practice can't run longer, and there isn't a place for me to put in extra hours like I am used to."
Another difference Palmer has faced is the difference in conditioning. Surprisingly lifting weights is not a major focus, and only since the arrival of the current head coach has lifting been part of the routine. Even though the players do lift weights now, they mainly do so in order to maintain muscle.
"Strangely not many of my teammates have lifted before so they think I am superwoman or something," Palmer said. "One even called me a female horse because of my strength."
"I feel honored to see an area that was once devastated rebuilding and establishing itself," Palmer said. "It's shocking to see first hand."
Palmer plans to finish the season with AOK Osijek and then try out for some of the other clubs in