Name: Douglas Dzema
Position: Middle Blocker
High School (Graduation Year): Christian Brothers Academy (2013)
High School Accolades: Second-team all state setter (Recently voted shore conference player of the decade)
High School Club Team: Warren SixPak
College Career (Graduation Year): Sacred Heart University (2017)
College Accolades: EIVA offensive player of the week
Major: Bachelors in Exercise Science. In graduate school now pursuing my Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
Professional Volleyball Career: Team Freedom
What made you choose volleyball?
I grew up playing basketball, soccer, baseball and didn’t pick up volleyball until high school. Of all the sports I played, volleyball sparked the most joy with me. It was the one sport that I couldn’t play enough of.
What is your advice to high school players in general?
Find something that you love to do; Whether it’s volleyball, art, playing music, or reading and writingand find a way to make it your living.
Advice to the guys who play your position?
Hitting out of the middle zone? Never hit out of bounds. It’s unacceptable.
If you could give tips to high school players on the following skills, what would you say?
Be stopped when the opponent is hitting. This will enable you to react as a balanced player. Get out your lunch trays.
Swing deep in the court, that’s where all the kills hangout.
What you do in practice will translate to the game. Never give up on a set that you think is too fast. You cover way more court than you think. Hands over early and disciplined.
aspect of the game that only you can control; set a routine, take a breath and
always be mindful of your toss.