With volleyball training camp starting at the end of summer and recovering from an eight-week battle with mononucleosis, Brittany Muse needed a place to get in peak shape.
Despite an hour-plus drive to and from her DeSoto County home, Muse chose the Athletic & Personal Development program. Muse, the 2008-2009 girls' volleyball player of the year for both the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and Charlotte Sun-Herald, works with IMG Academy Athletic & Personal Development programsperformance specialist Stacey Daniels three days a week. She'll attend Florida Gulf Coast University on scholarship in the fall.
Brittany Muse on...
Why she chose IPI... I wanted to be on top of my game when I started working out at FGCU in August. I needed to build up my strength and endurance after having mono, and my brother had heard about IMG. We did some research and liked what we saw. I knew IMG didn't have volleyball as a sport, but that wasn't what I wanted. My skills will come back with practice. I was looking to get back into shape.
Working with Stacey Daniels... The first day, I was dead tired. I didn't know if I could drive home. Even if I was at the top of my game, it still would've been hard. But that's exactly what I wanted. Stacey's a great trainer. He pushes me, but is still patient. I'm very satisfied. I love it here.
Her on-court talent... You don't see a lot of 6-feet, left-handed setters. People aren't expecting that from me when I'm up at the net. I try to model my game after Misti May. I know that's a common answer, but I've met her and seen her play, and television doesn't do her justice. She's so good.
Her athletic history... I played basketball for one year in middle school. I played baseball until I was 12, then my mom made me switch to softball. I was a tomboy because I had two older brothers. I started playing volleyball around 9 years old, and it was very popular. It's good, though, because if every girl on the team had a boyfriend, it's the one sport that they could probably beat the guy.
Indoor or beach... I like indoor better. It's what I grew up with. I respect beach, though. It's hard to play. I'll go out in the summer and play with friends.
Her favorite on-court move... A dig. I'm tall and most of the great diggers are short. When I have a great dig, people are like, "How'd that happen?"