Jordan Bostic is a member of the 2006 NMSU Aggies Volleyball team. Jordan led the team in both digs (463) and digs per game (4.72) and was named second team All-WAC. Jordan is currently a junior majoring in Journalism/Mass Communication and she'll be filing entries in the Aggie Volleyball Diary throughout the 2006 season, giving fans a taste of life on the volleyball team.
Today, I see the light at the end of the tunnel.
It is our last day of two-a-day practices for the New Mexico State volleyball team. We have been practicing for five or six hours a day for the past two weeks, getting ready for our upcoming season.
“Today will be our last day of double-days,” were the words that Coach Jordan used to commence our first session this morning. These were surprising because we were supposed to have two-a-days all the way until school started, which isn’t for a couple of days.
A long silence ensued, with looks of disbelief on my teammates’ faces.
“What, no applause?” Coach Jordan said. Knowing it was safe to be excited, there were cheers and sighs of relief all around.
It’s safe to say that the time period that we athletes call ‘two-a-days’ is one of the most grueling times of the entire year. It’s a time spent getting back in shape after a summer of rest. It’s a time where starting positions are won or lost, when freshmen get a chance to earn some respect and a time when a team begins to show its true colors.
With the end of two-a-days quickly approaching (they will officially be over in approximately six hours), I can look back on them and say they were very successful.
This past season, we only lost one senior to graduation. Starting this 2006 campaign, however, we have seven new freshmen. It’s tough for freshmen at first, because they are new to the practice regimen and the offensive and defensive systems we run. Our girls caught on fast, though, and we were able to jump into live play drills right away.
Our schedule has been something along these lines:
6:30 A.M. - Wake up. Ehhhhhhh!!!! (Eat breakfast, throw on practice clothes, don’t even bother brushing hair...)
7:30 A.M. - Arrive at the gym to set up nets and practice equipment. Get treatment from the athletic trainers if you need it. Use early minutes before practice to work individually on skills like serving or passing.
8:00-10:00 A.M. - PRACTICE! Drills, drills drills! Skill work! Scrimmaging! Working to get better and better...
10:20 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. - Summer school class. Find time to squeeze in lunch or a snack.
2:30 P.M. 3:00-6:00 P.M. - PRACTICE! Digging, passing, blocking, setting, serving, transition work, team defense, jumping position, back row attacking- you name it, we worked on it.
6:00-7:00 P.M. - Ice baths - definitely one of the worst things about two-a-days! Involves immersing the lower halves of our bodies in large tin tubs of 50 degree water filled with ice. The feeling in your legs is comparable to being stabbed with a sharp object a million times. Luckily, after the initial first five minutes, your extremities go numb and it’s all good from there!
7:00 P.M. - Take showers, eat dinner, collapse into bed. Set and reset your alarm at least three times to make sure you don’t oversleep the next day (I can’t imagine what would happen if I did that! I have nightmares about sleeping through practice...)
It’s a tough schedule, but its worth it to make our team as ready as possible for the season. Coach talks to us everyday about how we aren’t preparing to be a .500 level team, we are preparing to be GREAT. “A 30-3 record- that great,” he said.
We had our Alumni Scrimmage this past Saturday, which went pretty well. It showed us the kinks we need to work out and allowed us to get some real-game experience. Sports marketing was busy working out the business of hosting our matches at Las Cruces High, figuring out the sound system and announcing schedule and such.
It’s weird to play against some of our former teammates, like Sarah Silagy and Stevi Adams. We were smiling at them through the net but when the whistle blew, they were our enemies. It’s always an interesting dynamic at the Alumni match.
Guaranteed, though, there will be no smiling through the net this upcoming weekend. Our first matches of the year will take place at the UTEP Tournament. We’re scheduled to play Sacramento State (win their conference every year), Eastern Michigan (defending division champions), Texas Tech and UTEP (both very solid teams). There won’t be any room for error against the quality teams we’re going to face.
The 2006 season is off and running! Come out and support us.... GO AGGIES!