July 2, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) -
Every Tuesday this summer, we will hear from a different Lady Rebel as she catches up UNLVRebels.com readers with an account of how their summer is going, an update on their workouts and their goal for the upcoming season. This fifth installment is provided by sophomore center Aley Rohde.
Tuesday, July 2
Once the school year ended, I got a chance to head back to Phoenix to see my little sister graduate from Pinnacle High School. My brother had also recently returned home, because he just completed his first year of playing professional basketball in Germany, so it was great to have the entire family back together. During those few weeks, my brother and I worked out a lot doing cardio and strength training, and going through our workouts on the basketball court. He is a great motivator and has a great work ethic that really drives me to play even harder. (It’s also nice to be able to play with someone taller than me.)
When my brother had other things going on, my longtime trainer and club coach, Mike O’Guinn, worked me out at Precision Basketball Academy. He even gave me an opportunity to start training some of the younger girls who are a part of his program. It is so much fun to coach these young ladies and help them to improve their basketball skills, help them to grow and impart my experience from my playing career.
This summer, I am enrolled in classes during all three summer sessions. What is usually a break for some, will have me still reading and submitting tests from May – August. It is my plan to earn a degree in Criminal Justice at the end of summer 2014, after completing only three years of college. Since I will have two years left of eligibility at that point, I will then hopefully join the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law the following semester. In order to make that happen, I have to submit my application and take the LSAT in the next few months. Rough!!
One of the highlights of my summer thus far is the fact that I just got hired for my first job. I work at a retail shop in the Las Vegas Airport and am really excited about this opportunity. It will make life a little challenging to juggle this with all the other school work and basketball activities I am involved in. All of last week I had to rush over to the job after a full day of working the Lady Rebel Summer Camps, and sneak in some time in my textbooks when I didn’t have any customers. But that’s the life of a student-athlete, right?
This is such an important summer for me as I make my final push to get ready to play this season. It’s no fun sitting out for an entire year due to NCAA transfer rules. Didn’t go on any road trips with my teammates, couldn’t wear a #14 UNLV jersey with my name on the back, and during the Mountain West Conference tournament, I even had to sit in the stands with my family when our team played The Lobos. I did this in order to stay compliant with the rules, since that technically wasn’t a home game for us. It wasn’t a big deal – just the last part of my restriction for sitting out. But now, that’s all ended.
I am really looking forward to being able to get back on the hardwood and playing this season. The team is really coming together and this is going to be a very exciting and competitive year!
June 4: Mia Bell
June 11: Friederike Moderegger
June 18: Danielle Miller
June 25: Jehiah Cook