After a full week of hard work and dedicated practice, we are on the right path to opening up conference play. To get us warmed up we played against UTEP. Beating them in four games was a wonderful way to end the I-10 Rivalry for the Seniors. We are undefeated in our volleyball careers against UTEP, and I wish the future Aggie players all the luck in the world and great confidence in continuing this streak. You can do it!
The environment was loud and exciting. UTEP had quite a few fans, but we were able to score a small sea of crimson fans ourselves. Thanks for coming and giving us the drive and focus to have a competing edge on those Miners. You were all absolutely wonderful! I hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as we enjoyed having you there.
We also played in Louisiana this past weekend. We flew into the Dallas Love airport and drove five hours on a charter bus to arrive in Ruston, Louisiana. The trip went pretty well. A definite perk about the drive was our ability to watch movies on the mini television screens placed throughout the bus. Most of the players slept and from what I understood it was not a very restful sleep. The movie was loud in places over the speakers and the sway of the bus made some people a little motion sick. It’s almost like being out to sea on the dry land. What a concept!
We watched the movie Rudy. Now personally I had never before seen this movie, and I can’t lie about it, I bawled like a baby. It was a good movie that showed a lot of heart, determination, and hard work. If you have yet to see this movie, I would recommend it. Although, I think I appreciated it on a different level because we were after all in South Bend, Indiana at the University of Notre Dame campus just a few weeks ago. I was able to see and recognize the places at Notre Dame that were filmed throughout the movie. Now that was really neat.
After our game against Louisiana Tech, we loaded back on the charter bus to arrive back in Dallas for the night. We flew out on Monday morning and wanted to be closer to the airport. That night we were each equipped with the ability to determine our “sleep numbers”. Staying at the Radisson Hotel chain gave us the opportunity to play with Sleep Number Beds. I would say that my number is harder than others as we have compared, mine is around a 50 while others were around 35. What can I say, we are all unique in our own little ways, thank the Lord for that!
So we are back in the town of Las Cruces, New Mexico! We received a flu shot Monday evening. The spread of the H1N1 virus has been on people’s minds these days. I’m confident in our health, but you never can be too sure. It’s better safe than sorry, and if you have the ability to take preventative measures, those should be exercised.
I must spill the beans about a funny incident that occurred today in the training room. Before we attend practice, people that are hurting due to whatever ailment can be found in the training room one hour prior to practice time. This is where we heat up muscles that are hurting, receive tape jobs, do physical exercise to strengthen muscles that are weak in areas, ultrasound and stem areas to increase blood flow and warm those areas up. There are many reasons as to why we do these things, but Kim and the athletic students (Nick, Kelsey, Crystal, and Heather) are all wonderful to work with.
However, today was a different day in the training room than usual. Tricia Wright, most of you know her as our Operations Manager, came into the room and was standing next to a table talking to Krista Altermatt about a few volleyball dates coming up. She was fidgeting with one of the machines, we all do it, don’t deny it. When there is a pretty button, you can’t help but push it right? Right. Well, Tricia was spinning a wheel on the machine, going up and down, up and down. All of the sudden we hear this blood curdling scream. This came from Kayleigh Giddens. She was receiving “stem” from the machine that Tricia happened to be playing with, in order to warm up her ankle. The wheel that Tricia had been playing with will either increase or decrease the intensity of the electrode pads that are placed on the skin of Kayleigh’s ankle. Tricia deep in conversation with Krista Altermatt did not know this and happened to leave the wheel on a high intensity level. Kayleigh was fine, and within a few seconds of finding out what happened, the whole training room bust out into laughter, even Kayleigh. It was actually quite humorous, Tricia doesn’t come into that room very often and after today I don’t see her visits increasing anytime soon.
Well this is a big weekend for us; we will be playing against Nevada on Thursday, October 1 and Hawaii on Saturday, October 3. It will be a great weekend to test our mental, physical, and emotional capabilities. I am confident in our abilities and look forward to the challenge that awaits. I hope you all have had a great week and weekend. And I’ll see YOU at the Pan Am!