PEORIA, Ill. - Recruited as a back-row defensive specialist, Hannah Thompson is having a huge start to college volleyball career.
But she's not just playing defense. She's hitting and playing all over the floor for Bradley.
Even she's a little surprised at how quickly she's become an all-around player in her freshman year.
"It has surprised me," Thompson said. "I haven't been used to that, it's a lot faster game. It's volleyball, it's what I know to do."
Thompson is a gym rat. Been that way her whole life.
She grew up playing for her mom, Yvonne, at Pekin High School. And now she plays for a college coach also played high school volleyball for her mother.
"I think we are a lot alike in that respect," Thompson said of Bradley's Carol Price-Torok. "We grew up playing volleyball Her mom was a coach, like my mom. Always being around volleyball and
being in the gym. We grew up like that."
The Bradley coaches think her pedigree has helped Thompson make a smooth transition to college volleyball.
"There's a trust there, a deep-seeded trust with a coach and a staff," said Price-Torok. "The
fact she has that trust coming from playing for her mom, then to come to us. She feels comfortable talking to coaches."
And yes, she still gets some coaching from her mom who now is more of a spectator than a coach. But her mom says those conversations are a little different than they used to be.
"She's a typical college student. She says, 'Everything is fine, I'm tired, can I have
money?' Not good communication off the court," Yvonne Thompson said as she laughed. "She does more communicating on the court."
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