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.
Since I last touched base with this blog, a lot has happened in the land of Aggie volleyball. Let’s start with the latest news: we moved up to 13 in the national rankings. Before the poll was released, I realized we could move up considerably from our 18th spot last week because several of the teams ahead of us lost to unranked teams. Sure enough, we leap-frogged teams who dropped because of costly losses.
You may think I was ecstatic that we were ranked that high. In a way, I was. It’s a huge deal for the program. However, I have been around Coach Jordan long enough to know what was going to happen. I knew that as soon as he got the news about the rankings, he would set about formulating his practice plan designed to put us right back in our place. Sure enough, he came to practice with that ‘take no prisoners’ mentality that we veterans know so well. He immediately told us that being ranked 13 means nothing (very true, all it does is put a big bull’s eye on our back). He also informed us that he didn’t think we were good enough to be 13th, saying that while we play at that caliber for long stretches, we are still way too inconsistent to think we are that good. Any good feelings we were having about ourselves when those rankings came out quickly evaporated, and we got to work.
Speaking of inconsistent play, we really dodged a bullet by beating Nevada last Thursday. We played so well for the first two games (like a team that should be ranked No.13 in the country) and then we let the next two slip away (really, really not good). Then we found ourselves behind 12-5 and then 14-9 in a game that only goes to 15! Rewind to the Hawai’i match a month or so ago, and we were in that same situation- leading in the fifth game- except we found a way to lose six match points and walked away with a sick feeling in our stomach. Only now, Nevada was in the lead, and we were going to need to do what Hawaii did and stave off several match points. The odds were certainly against us this time around.
On the sidelines, Bri turned to me and said, “Remember freshman year at UALR?” Back then, we were still in the Sun Belt, and we had fallen behind University of Arkansas Little Rock 14-8 in the fifth game. Miraculously, we came back and won 16-14. During a timeout with the score 14-10 in the Nevada match, Bri and I told the rest of the girls about that game three years ago. I believe my exact words were, “We came back and won that game no problem. And here we are again, so let’s do this!”
Sure enough, we came back and won. Our blockers were able to shut down their offense, and we squeaked by with a win. It really showed a lot of heart that we made that comeback, but we all knew we should have never let that match get out of hand in the first place. So, to all those ranked teams who lost to unranked opponents and dropped in the poll: we understand how that happens. We were almost in the same boat, and we feel very fortunate. It’s late in the season, and anything can happen.
We have three weeks left in the regular season, and this week’s game is a doozy: Hawai’i. Thanks to some convenient scheduling, we will be playing in Hawai’i the same weekend as our football team, so we are catching a ride on their chartered flight. No detour to Dallas first? All right! No airport security lines? Woo hoo! The only downside is that we are leaving a day later than we usually would, because travel itineraries to Hawai’i usually allot an extra day to adjust to the time change. We don’t get that extra day to adjust, but I really don’t think that will be a factor. We are going to have our hardest week of practice yet and go in there as ready as we can be. I am sure they will have a huge crowd, so the game will be an awesome environment. I am really, really excited about it. Wish us luck!
Thanks again for everyone who came out and supported us during our two-week homestand. It’s now three weeks of traveling for us until we come home for Senior Night and the WAC Tournament. It’s crunch time, so we need everyone’s support. GO AGGIES!!