Women’s Volleyball gives AGEC student a new set of Purdue family
Written by Kendell Combs, Junior, Agribusiness Management & Agricultural Communication
Last spring, Ceira White
(Sophomore; Applied Agricultural Economics; Brookston, IN) became one of the student managers for Purdue Women’s Volleyball Team. When asked about her role, she said it is hard to explain what exactly being a manager includes because she does so much and it varies every day.
Before practice, Ceira sets all the equipment up and everything that includes making sure the court is ready for the players. Her main responsibility at practice is working with the setters as their target and giving setters feedback on every ball. Giving them feedback is helpful to them to get better each set. She also helps in drills with handing the coaches balls and shagging balls when needed. After practice, she’s in charge of making sure all the equipment is put back into the equipment room and that nothing is left out. She goes in early on games days with the grad assistant manager and warms up the setters. During the match, she takes passing stats for the team. For away games, she packs the equipment needed for the trip and helps the flight crew with put the bags onto the jet at the Purdue airport.
“Being a student manager, I have learned how to juggle school work, managing, and still making time for family and friends.” She admits that it was challenging at first, but she has learned how to manage her time effectively. She also learned that traveling on away games doesn’t give her much time to do all her homework, so it forced her to do her work ahead of time, so she didn’t worry about it on the trip.
Her favorite trip was all in one weekend. Their last trip was to New Jersey and Pennsylvania where the team played Rutgers and Penn State. They arrived in New Brunswick on a Thursday night and played Friday night. Shortly after they had a nice dinner, they headed to the hotel and a couple of them decided to take a train to Times Square in New York City. She had never been there, and she said it was absolutely amazing. To end off the weekend, they all traveled to Penn State to play them Saturday night. The match was huge after Penn State had beat them on Purdue’s home court and they were ranked 4th in the country. Ceira witnessed Purdue pull off a huge upset, as the first loss for Penn State at home.
Ceira enjoys the free clothes that comes with being a manager including team shirts, leggings, shorts, sweatshirts, shoes, and backpacks. She is also paid to be a manager, which is another benefit. “The best part of being a part of this team is how close I have gotten with the girls. I’ve seen different sides of the girls than I do in every day practice. It’s nice because they don’t look at me as just another manager, they are genuinely nice girls that care about me.” She said she absolutely loves this job because she can travel to cities and colleges that she probably would never get to travel to on her own.