Player Interview - Isolation Special #8
Ravi Kandula - 3rd Place 2019 Spikeball Roundnet Association Premier Division Nationals
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Roundnet Season Break
Just like the rest of you, I've been lounging around watching roundnet highlight videos and hitting serves against my bedroom wall.
So, I was thinking it would be cool to write an article to show others what some roundnet players around the nation, and world, are doing during this downtime!
Read More About Ravi Kandula Below!
A few of Ravi Kandula's notable career stats:
- 3rd place in the premier division at 2019 Spikeball Roundnet Association National Championships
- 6th place in the premier division at 2019 SRA East Regional Championships
- Ranked 20th in 2019 SRA end of season rankings - With partner Emerson Dean
- 2020 'SRA Roundnet Tour Series' poster athlete
What Are You Doing During the Roundnet Season Break?
#1 Serve CONSISTENCY -
#2 Setting –
#3 Defense –
#4 Hitting –
VIDEO: Ravi Kandula/Tyler Cisek vs. Ryan Fitzgerald/Artie Singer
Non Roundnet Related:
#1 Lifting Weights/Working Out –
Ravi mentions, "I’ve always been big on weight lifting and so I’ve been continuing to do so throughout quarantine.
I actually bought adjustable dumbbells and a free bench back in December and I can’t overstate how good of an investment that was in hindsight. It’s kept me in good shape throughout these last few months."
#2 Sprinting –
"I’ve started doing track workouts with one of my roundnet friends in order to improve my speed.
We’ve been sprinting maybe 3-4 times a week and it’s been a nice change of pace to get out of my comfort zone and try something new in terms of working out.
What Are You Doing For Yourself During Downtime From Roundnet Gatherings?
Most of Ravi's time is taken up by his internship so he hasn't had too much time to start many new hobbies.
Advice for Others During This 'Free-Time' to Help Improve at Roundnet?
Ravi's Training Tips:
Train smart not hard.
Don’t practice serving everyday because you’ll hurt yourself.
Mix it up and make sure you are actually learning when you mess up while training.
Think about why you missed the set/hit/serve and consider how you can change your mechanics to make it better.
I’m personally a very technical learner and need to understand the very fine details to understand the overall motion.
One resource I’d recommend for other people who like technical analysis is HTR, Preston is really good at giving a technical overview of how to improve any skill and just really entertaining in general.
What Are You Missing Most Not Going To Tournaments/Pickup/Practice?
I definitely miss tournament days.
There is nothing else I’d be willing to wake up at 5am for with a smile on my face.
I miss seeing all the friends I’ve made throughout the country.
VIDEO: Ravi Kandula/Donald Fung vs. Anchored LI (Ryan Fitzgerald/Anthony Alvino)
If you could play a tournament with anyone, who would it be?
VIDEO: Boardshortz (Ryan Fitzgerald and Clark Marshall) Provo Utah Highlights
That's Ravi Kandula - 3rd Place Premier Division at 2019 SRA Nationals!
Thank you, Ravi!
Thanks for reading, everyone!
- Tom Witt