Jordan Bostic is a defensive specialist for the 2007 NMSU Aggies volleyball team. Jordan is fourth on the team in both digs (30) and digs per game (1.11) and was named to the academic All-WAC team in 2006 with a GPA of 4.0. Jordan is a senior this fall and is majoring in Journalism/Mass Communications and she'll be filing entries in the Aggie Volleyball Diary throughout the 2007 season, giving fans a taste of life on the volleyball team.
It’s time for another post-game blog, and another victory blog! Tonight we knocked off our I-10 rivals, UTEP, in a three game sweep. Since I am from El Paso, I get a lot of personal joy out of defeating UTEP, and tonight was no different. After the game I had all sorts of missed calls from long lost El Paso friends who had watched the game, which was televised in both Las Cruces and El Paso.
On that note, I just want to commend our marketing department on the great job they are doing with their new Aggie Vision program. My parents, who live in New Jersey, just love it because they can watch all our games from the www.nmstatesports.com website. I love it too because now when I call them after the match, I don’t have to do a play-by-play recap because they got to watch it themselves. Thanks, Aggie Vision!
Anyway, we just got back from a very important tournament. We traveled to Lincoln, Nebraska, to participate in a tournament hosted by the defending national champions. Anyone who knows anything about college volleyball is aware that Nebraska’s program is among the nation’s elite. I was excited to go see their gymnasium and to be a part of their exciting atmosphere, which I have heard so much about.
When we arrived for practice on the first day, those of us that didn’t need to get our ankles taped or our muscles heated up, spent some time admiring Nebraska’s volleyball shrine in the hallway. All of their national championship trophies are displayed, as well as their player of the year trophies and photo collages of NU players on the USA national teams. It was pretty cool to see, but I didn’t get caught up in all the lore of playing at Nebraska. They may be an elite team, but we’re up there too, and I think that’s pretty awesome.
We were scheduled to play Louisville in our first match. Louisville’s team is actually in a very similar position to us. They are an up-and-coming program, and they were listed in the national rankings as an “on the bubble team,” just like us. The recruit a lot of foreign players, and they had some outside hitters that were very, very tall. The match was very close throughout, and we were playing well. I didn’t play much until the very end, but then-wonder of all wonders- I got to play front row! Coach subbed me in to play back row, but then we ran out of subs. We only get 15 substitutions per game, and with the fifth game only being played to 15, Coach felt like he could sub me in and still have enough subs left. Problem was, the game was so close that each team continued to play point-for-point and no one was ever winning by two.
It was a total dream moment for me- playing front row at Nebraska! I was joking with the girls that if I could have gotten the game winning kill, it would have been my Rudy moment (as in one of my favorite movies of all time, Rudy). Alas, I completely rotated through the front row without getting set the ball, but I also managed to avoid losing the game for us, which could be considered an achievement in itself. In the end, we won game five by a score of 21-19, which is just ridiculous! It was so fun though, and it set us up with a match against Nebraska the next night, which is exactly what we wanted.
Just 20 hours later we were warming up for our match against Nebraska. We had to wait on the match between Duke and Louisville to finish. It ended up going five games, so we were sent to an auxiliary gym to warm up. Nebraska was there too, and they were very nice. The match before us was taking forever to finish, and we were joking with them about that. We were anxious to play, and they were saying, “How about we just play in here?”
We finally got the match underway, and we played fairly well. They have a raucous crowd, but at the same time they are very respectful. They only get really loud when the game is close. If their team is killing their opponent, they just respectfully watch and the decibel level is pretty low. I was telling the girls that it was exciting when they would start cheering for their girls because it meant we were playing well and the score was very close. After we got over our nerves in the first game, their crowd was cheering a lot, so that’s a very good thing!
Some other little tidbits: Nebraska has the best ball-girls in the world. I felt like we were on Centre Court at Wimbledon, because they would kneel beside the court and run out on the court to wipe up the floor after the players dove, and then they would scurry to the other side. I was amazed by that. They clearly know how to showcase volleyball in Nebraska, and it was a very fun environment to play in. Also, I want to say thanks to Dustin and Dan, our biggest fans who came down from Iowa State to cheer us on. Dustin is Alyssa’s boyfriend (our setter who transferred from Iowa State), and he came down with his buddy Dan. Dan wore spandex and half-a-volleyball on his head, and he led our contingent of about 30 fans in various chants and cheers. It was awesome that in the midst of the sea of red shirts that were Nebraska fans, we had 30 crimson shirts we could hear cheering their hearts out the whole time.
As we speak, I am packing for yet another road trip. This will be our fourth weekend in a row spent in airports and on buses. On the plus side, my Southwest Rapid Rewards account is quickly adding up! I think we are a little tired, but everyone is hanging in there because after this we have two sweet, sweet weekends in our own beds. These upcoming matches are very important because they are our first games in WAC conference play. We’ll play first at Fresno State on Thursday night and then head to Nevada on Saturday. Wish us luck because road wins are critical!
Phew, that was a long blog. Sorry for being so long-winded. I’m stopping now! GO AGGIES!!!