By Kendra Lee, Ohio State Athletics Communications
Columbus, Ohio – Time is constantly on the minds of people. Whether one has too much time or not enough, it is obviously an essential part of daily comings and goings.
For Ohio State redshirt-sophomore John Klanac, time has proven to be key in his progress as a collegiate volleyball player.
Klanac, along with five other classmates, earned a redshirt his first year at Ohio State. Though hard, the time was well spent and helped Klanac mature into a collegiate athlete.
“Not being able to get into the game was the hardest thing about redshirting,” Klanac, the Orchard Park, N.Y., product, said. “But the positives were that we were able to get in the weight room and practice everyday at a high level. It allowed all of us to adapt to our surroundings.”
Transitioning from high school to college can be hard on an athlete. The moments off from the court proved to be beneficial for Klanac’s transition to the next level.
“It was interesting coming from high school and adjusting because it is obviously a completely different game at the collegiate level,” Klanac said. “Redshirting was probably one of the best things for me to do and helped me get used to playing with much more intensity.”
During the 2007-08 season, Klanac showed he was ready for the next step and got experience on the court, appearing in 18 matches and making nine starts. This year, he is third on the team in kills (188), has started 18 of 22 matches and is tied for third in service aces (17).
Klanac credits his improvement to the time spent off the court.
“There was a few of us that stayed in Columbus over the summer and really focused on lifting weights and the upcoming season,” Klanac said. “That helped me and the rest of us prepare and be in a good mindset.”
This season, the team turned out another great year, winning its third-consecutive Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) regular season title. The success the team has had this season is a tribute to the time spent in practice.
“The competition within the conference has been a lot stronger than before and as a team, we realized that,” Klanac said. “At practice, the intensity and work ethic has been a lot higher because we knew we were going to be playing a much higher level this season.”
The days spent improving as a player and as a teammate have proven to be a key contributor to Klanac’s success the last couple of years.
“Time management essential when you are a student-athlete,” Klanac said. “That is how you improve as a player and a student.”