Kylie Murr and Mac Podraza give an inside look into media day.
CHICAGO – The Big Ten Conference held its inaugural women’s volleyball media day at the Big Ten Network’s headquarters in Chicago on Monday with the other half of the teams scheduled to participate on Tuesday. Representing Ohio State was Head Coach Jen Flynn Oldenburg and seniors Kylie Murr and Mac Podraza.
“The more exposure and the more TV coverage that we get, I think that’s only going to grow the game more,” Oldenburg said. “It’s going to expand to greater populations that aren’t quite aware of how great volleyball is to watch. That’s the growth I’d like to see.”
Student-athletes and coaches from each team had the opportunity to speak to media members both in-person and over zoom in an official press conference. Other recorded content will be aired on Sirius XM, NCAA.com, ESPN and BTN (studio, digital and courtside). Oldenburg ended her day by recording a segment for the Six Rotations Podcast.
“I think we’re building, Podraza said. “We’re returning pretty much everybody, only lost a few, but pretty much everyone is coming back. We’re just setting the building blocks from last year and going up from there. We’re in a really good spot and are really excited about where we could go. We’re not starting fresh, we’re just building.”
In reference to the difficulty of the Buckeyes’ preseason schedule, Murr said, “I think it’s setting us up for success. We have to play the best to be the best. We’ve been putting in a lot of time this summer as a team, not even just focusing on volleyball, but becoming the best teammates we can and creating that bond with one another. In the end, everyone has talent, but it comes down to who can get through the adversity and who can get through the challenges the most, who is willing to fight for one another the most. That’s what our focus has been as seniors and captains on this team with younger teammates coming in and trying to create that bond.”
All 14 teams gathered on Monday evening for an exclusive reception and dinner at a local restaurant. Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren welcomed everyone to the event that also included a speech from Maryland student-athlete Rainelle Jones. In Jones’ speech, she specifically thanked Oldenburg for helping create a welcoming and supportive environment inside Covelli. Due to Oldenburg’s support, Jones felt comfortable kneeling during the anthem for the first time last season – a statement that inspired her to begin speaking up for what she believes in and becoming an agent of change.
The Buckeyes open the 2022 season by hosting back-to-back matches against Texas on Aug. 26 and 27. View the full 2022 schedule HERE.
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