Meagan Bosch has grown to like being the right-side hitter
Meagan Bosch was a reluctant right-side hitter last fall.
Coming out of Palisade High School, she wanted to be the next great outside hitter for the Mesa State College volleyball team.
“It was really frustrating playing right side, a new position,” Bosch said. “Adjusting to college volleyball is tough enough, but over the spring season I worked on it a lot and it clicked. I like it way better than left side.”
The Mavericks had seven outside hitters (left side) last season and only a couple on the right side. Mesa State coach Dave Fleming figured Bosch would have a chance to play sooner on the right.
That’s just what happened, and Bosch couldn’t be happier. In fact, she might wrinkle her nose if Fleming asked her to move back to the left.
“Meagan’s a great kid. She’s not going to say boo if she doesn’t like something,” Fleming said. “She just wanted an opportunity.”
Bosch has played in every game and is second on the team in kills with 55, trailing outside hitter Alisan
Tompkins, who has 86. She’s also second in attack percentage at .245 (143 attacks, 20 hitting errors) and she’s second on the team with 17 total blocks.
And she made the all-tournament team in both tournaments the Mavs played this season.
“One of the terms we use is ‘the golden child.’ When she touches the ball, good things happen,” Fleming said.
“She makes very few errors. She hits the right place at the right time. You think, ‘She’s just lucky. She’s just lucky.’ Well, you can only be lucky so many times.”
Typically, coaches prefer to have left-handed hitters playing on the right side and right-handed hitters on the left side. It keeps their hitting arm on the inside of the court, giving them better angles to attack the entire floor.
Bosch is right-handed. She’s learned, though, to use that to her advantage.
“It’s awkward for a right-handed player to play on the right side, just like it’s awkward for a left-handed player to play on the left side,” Bosch said. “That was most of my adjustment, learning how to do the approaches.
“It’s totally backwards. It’s awkward, but it’s also more difficult to block a right-handed hitter on the right side.”
Bosch likes to hit the ball on the move, starting in the middle of the front row and hitting the ball as she slides behind the setter to the right side. She jumps off her left foot and twists her body back toward the inside, giving her the proper angle to attack.
“It’s hard to block,” she said. “I can hit it anywhere, and for some reason, sliding lets me hit it harder. It gives my shoulder more pop on the ball.”
Bosch and the Mavericks (2-4) open RMAC play at 7 p.m. on Friday in newly-lighted Brownson Arena against Western New Mexico University (6-2). Saturday night, New Mexico Highlands (4-3) is in town.
As part of the college’s Saunders Fieldhouse renovation, new lights were installed late last week. Gone are the yellow-tinted bulbs, replaced by white florescent lights.
It’s so much brighter, the volleyball team returned to practice Monday and thought the walls had been painted.
“It’s brighter on the floor, but it’s weird looking up in them,” Bosch said Tuesday. “If the ball goes up in them, you lose it. But it definitely makes the gym brighter.”
Fleming said last week’s 0-3 record at the CU-Colorado Springs tournament wasn’t necessarily a case of the Mavs not playing well. It’s more of a case of them not playing well at the same time.
“We’re more talented than the teams we’re losing to. We just have to put it together on the floor and play as a team and not just the six talented individuals,” he said.
“A lot of it is our unforced errors. The games we’re losing, 25 percent of our attack is an error. The games we win, it’s 15 percent or less.
“They need to understand that you don’t need to be an All-American on this contact. Keep the ball in play, trust the defense and get a better swing the next time.”