Kelli Goodan's Aggie Volleyball Diary :: 10/04/09

Another week has come to a close for NMSU volleyball. The Nevada game was quite the nail biter. In the first game we came back from a very large deficit to win the game by three points. Believe you me; we don’t like to see that any more than you do. Even though, it is fun to be on the edge of your seat and have the adrenaline pumping through your veins with every movement of the volleyball. It’s quite an incredible experience when you have that love and passion for the game that can take your breath away.

As you all know, we swept Nevada (meaning we beat them in three games) and we lost to Hawaii (#4 in the nation) in four games on Saturday, October 3, 2009. I recall the locker room talk, and the looks and feelings of competitiveness on each and every player’s face when we stepped out of the locker room. It was a look of confidence and determination. We played a really great game at times, but in the end, we got into such a bad slump of errors that we just couldn’t pull ourselves back out.

One of the team goals we set earlier in the season was to beat Hawaii in the Pan American Center. Unfortunately that dream won’t come true for the seniors, but it is still a possibility for the underclassmen. That would be quite the victory. When we play against Hawaii so many memories come back to me. When I was on my official visit as a recruit, I was a senior in High School and came down to see the Aggies take on the Rainbow Wahine. That was the year we recorded an attendance of over 7,000 people. I remember sitting in the stands, thinking to myself just what an awesome experience that would be to play in a wonderful arena, in front of terrific fans, and have the fire of the game in your hands. And I want to tell you that each and every one of you make this possible. You make this a memorable experience that will stay in the hearts and minds of Aggie players forever!

As an incoming freshman, in the year 2006, we beat Hawaii at the Las Cruces High School gymnasium. At that point in time, we played just about the entire season at the high school, because the Pan American Center was under construction. They added the coaches’ offices, practice facility in the back, made changes to the actual arena, and brought in the jumbotron. But in the high school, it was an amazing crowd! We sold out at over 3,000 people. When you played it felt like the crowd was right on top of you! When Anna Callis made that game winning slide attack we rushed out onto the floor with our hands up and voices yelling. The NMSU baseball team showed their school spirit by borrowing our old jerseys and sitting on the end line, in spandex and all. They even had their own mimic of Mike Jordan. When we would be in a huddle, they were also in the huddle with the mimic Jordan leading the way. What a time that was! Oh, the good ‘ol days.

Even last year, we turned some heads. Krista Altermatt was injured during the final points against Hawaii in the Pan American Center. We lost at that point in time, but then in Honolulu, Hawaii we swept them in three games. So don’t think it can’t be done, because it can. Any person can beat anyone on any given day. You should never overlook anyone, people will play up and looking forward to that challenge makes you an athlete.

But enough about the past, it’s time to look toward the future. We will be playing in Boise, Idaho on Thursday and then it’s back to Las Cruces for Louisiana Tech on Saturday. It’s going to be a long week of traveling and playing catch-up in school, but the team is ready and we will be able learn from our experiences this past week in order to look toward the future that awaits us.