My last entry included my enthusiasm on heading to Nebraska to cheer on our Lady Aggies. I was so excited in being able to go on my first road trip with the team and see them play the powerhouses that were waiting for them. For me, it wasn't meant to be. I won't go into details but suffice to say I was extremely sad (a HUGE understatement) when I had to make the decision to return from Denver to Albuquerque after getting ill on the El Paso/Denver flight.
Luckily for me, I was able to track the team during their Louisville match on Friday via my laptop (live stats) and AM 570. It was quite a scene with me on my 'ill bed' with the laptop and the radio with the volume all the way up. I was able to catch the end of the 3rd match up to that absolutely amazing 5th game when the Lady Aggies topped Louisville 21-19. As bad as I was feeling I was able to do a quick "Kimmie Dance" before needing to pass out. (Kimmie Dance - if you've seen Kim Oguh after she's made a kill, you'll understand the Kimmie Dance.)
Saturday rolled around and I quickly tuned in at 6pm to hear the end of the Louisville/Duke game - which Louisville won and that bodes well for the Aggies. We beat them, they beat the #11. After a very long pre-game show (I believe Kyle said it was 75 minutes), we were off and running.
I gotta tell ya something - listening to that Nebraska crowd was amazing. The band was there, the intros were high-powered and the crowd was pumped to say the least. They sounded very respectful of our Lady Aggies during their intros.
Then it was game time.
First game seemed like they were a little nervous but that was to be expected. I mean, c'mon, we're talking seeing the #1 team in the country across the net!
I am so proud of this team and how they played. I could tell they were playing with their hearts and their brains. The way they played has actually garnered some nice comments from folks on other message boards. Things were posted such as a few fans being very impressed on how the Aggies kept it close, going back and forth with NU for so long in game 2. They were impressed with the way Lindsey, Krista and Amber stepped up. I think they're finally getting it!
As much as it hurts to have not been there, I'm so glad that this team had a great showing. I could tell it from listening to Kyle and Maria and their excitement as well as the Aggie Fan Contigency in the crowds.
If you look at it this way, no one we face from now on will be as tough as Nebraska! I'm looking forward to Jordan Bostic's Diary entry and see what her thoughts are on the trip.
September 11th sees the UTEP Miners (6-4) visiting the Pan Am so we need to get everyone out there! As always, the pre-game tailgate will take place in the north end of the Pan Am Center. Just look for the blue tarp. Bring a chair, some munchies and have some fun with us! If you can't make it, catch it on Aggie Vision.
The team hits the road once again and heads to Fresno to take on Fresno State at 8pm on Thursday, Sept 13th then onto Reno to start conference play against Nevada at 1pm on Saturday, Sept. 15th.. Both games will be on the air on AM 570.
Don't forget to get your tickets for the WAC tournament before the end of the month. There's a special going on where you'll get 20% off (I believe that's the right number) if you get them now. Call 646-1420.