Spartans stay busy over summer

By Ryan Vermont (@Your_Pal_Ryan)

While the average athletes use the offseason as a time to relax, the best athletes use that time to improve and get stronger.

This summer, a number San Jose State student-athletes have taken their skills across the United States as well as abroad in order to continue that progression.

The Spartans have 22 players from their baseball team all throughout the country on a seasonal summer league baseball roster.

The majority of the team is stationed on the west coast but there are a few playing ball in curious places. Kellen Strahm is playing in Alaska, Brett Bautista and Aaron Pleschner are in Green Bay, Wisconsin while Chris Williams is belting balls in North Carolina.

SJSU softball’s slugger Georgia Blair has too spent her summer on the diamond, representing her native Australia in the World Cup of Softball last week.

She had only one hit and one RBI in her seven at-bats, not anything special, but the experience of playing against some of the world’s elite players will unquestionably make playing college ball a little easier.

Australia finished in fourth place in softball’s most high-profile tournament.

Volleyball’s Breann Robinson and Nandyala Gama played in the 2017 European Global Challenge in Croatia on a team of some of the top players in the Mountain West.

Part of the U-23 division, the Mountain West All Stars went 3-0 in pool play earning a bid to play against the USA College National Team in the championship.

Sports are about repetition, improving and trying to master the craft. Playing against different competition, whether it be in a different state or country, will only be beneficial.

These are just several of the SJSU athletes doing what they can to be the best version of themselves.

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