We are all going to fall short. We are going to have some bitter losses, very painful defeats and failures. We have to use those to come back even stronger. That's what makes it sweeter, when we can overcome those and figure out a way to win. The great teams can do that, and those are the gold medal winning teams.— Karch Kiraly
Sentimental Volleyball quotations
No volleyball play can begin without a serve, and the serve is the only technique that is totally under your control. In other endeavors, you cannot succeed without believing in yourself, and that belief is completely under your control.
Not everything you're going to do in volleyball - or in life, for that matter - is exciting or fully functional, but if you have the willpower to make each minute count, you'll benefit in some way. And it will make you a better player and a better person in the long run.
You touch every other ball and, if you screw up, you only have one more person to back you up. You can't go hide in the corner.
After a while, your coaching development ceases to be about finding newer ways to organize practice. In other words, you soon stop collecting drills. Your development as a coach shifts to observing how great coaches teach, motivate, lead, and drive players to performances at higher and higher levels
I celebrate a victory when I start walking off the field.
By the time I get to the locker room, I'm done.
To me, crying is not a sign of weakness.
She wants it that bad and she puts her whole heart into it. She had really high expectations, and that's why she's so good. She just had a bad game.
My responsibility is leadership, and the minute I get negative, that is going to have an influence on my team.
Every game is an opportunity to measure yourself against your own potential.
If you are not prepared, you cannot work out intensely.
If you do not perform, you cannot get results, and if you can't do your best to recover, you won't get the benefits of your hard work.
You have to work hard AND well. There are a lot of people who work hard but not well.
It takes a lot of hard work and dedication just like any pro sport.
Especially for beach volleyball you don't have to be tall or as fast as other sports. You just have to have the skills.
The tradition in Serbia has always been team sports - football, basketball, handball, volleyball and water polo, individual sports are not supported.
Volleyball is one of the most interactive games going.
It is a game of intuition, imagination, improvisation - but most of all, of reciprocity - of teamwork. There is no way to free-lance in volleyball.
It's hard to give a career like this up, when I tell my wife I'm going to the office, and it's the beach.
Volleyball is like going to church ... many attend, but few understand.
We had two goals...One was to cherish every moment together, cherish the journey because the journey allows you to learn and grow. The other was to win a gold medal.
I never did. I only prepared to win the next day.
It's the attitude of the players, not their skills, that is the biggest factor in determining whether you win or lose.
The Six W's: Work will win when wishing won't.
There's nothing worse than the feeling of wishing you had another chance at a play because you weren't ready. Every athlete has those feelings to mull over, and over and over ... Don't even expose yourself to the possibility to being caught off-guard.
There are no shortcuts. I approached practices the same way I approached games. You can't turn it on and off like a faucet. I couldn't dog it during practice and then, when I needed that extra push late in the game, expect it to be there. Very few people get anywhere by taking shortcuts.
There are five fundamental qualities that make every team great: communication, trust, collective responsibility, caring and pride. I like to think of each as a separate finger on the fist. Any one individually is important. But all of them together are unbeatable
We were very aggressive, and when we're aggressive, it's hard to stop us.
Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.
My dream was to be either a volleyball player or a veterinarian.
'Concentrate on measuring performance and winning will take care of itself'.
That is a brilliant excuse for coming second.
Mental toughness is to physical as four is to one.
Sometimes it is more important to discover what one cannot do, than what one can do.
A lot of people had doubts. I tried to tell people I never had doubts.
If you want to stay fit, surround yourself with a couple of chicks who are fired up, so that the one day you're not, you can feed off their energy.
The indoor game is much more of a team game, having to work effectively with a group of 15 to 20 people, striving to improve every day, every drill, even every contact. The beach game is much more of an individual game within a team sport, much less about organized practices with coaches and much more about just playing the game.
All my life, I've dreamed in gold.
Most people put a hat and glasses on to go incognito. I take them off.
I wouldn't be the best offensive player if I didn't have a great setter. She serves me up nectar.