After hammering shots with his right arm in six matches in a four-day span, Cody Caldwell felt sore at practice earlier this week.
He was still recovering from all the action at the Orange County Championships. On Monday, he led the Newport Harbor High boys' volleyball team to a runner-up finish in the top division at the tournament.
Two days later, mentally, Caldwell was not in the Newport Harbor gym toward the end of the practice. Coach Dan Glenn called him out for tuning out.
Glenn was not instructing Caldwell, but he checked to see if the best player on the court was paying attention.
"What did I say to Rusty [Sary]," Glenn asked Caldwell, who stood on the other side of the net.
Caldwell did not have the right answer and that did not sit well with Glenn.
The senior described the practice as one of the worst. Even though Glenn did not allow Caldwell to swing with his right arm, so he could rest, the 6-foot-6 outside hitter knows he cannot take days off.