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.
Well, we’ve played five games in five days, and now I finally have time to catch my breath!
We started our own tournament on Thursday night, taking on a tough Wyoming team. They were extremely scrappy, and we had to really work to score points. Like Coach Jordan was telling us, teams like that are exactly the types of teams we want to play. Making us work hard makes us better! We were happy to come out of that game with a win.
Then, the next day we beat Idaho State in the morning in another hard-fought defensive battle. Similar to Wyoming, Idaho State was smaller than us in size, but very good at “bringing balls back from the dead,” as we like to call it. In the end, though, they couldn’t match up with our size in the front row. As a defensive specialist, I have a perfect view as my teammates dominate up front. It’s fun to watch, and I think I get more excited than they do when they make a great play!
That night, we had a game that we have been looking forward to ever since our schedule was finalized, against San Diego. My freshman year at NMSU, we lost to San Diego in the first round of the NCAA tournament. It wasn’t pretty, and the bad memories were still fresh for all of us juniors and seniors.
The San Diego match was a back and forth battle from the start. They would make a good play, and we would answer with a good play. All of the games were extremely close. When we won the fourth game to force a fifth, emotions were definitely riding high. In our huddle on the sidelines, we all agreed that these type of games are what makes it worth playing. It was exactly what we wanted, and we had to go out and win that fifth game.
Sure enough, we breezed through the fifth game. Umm, just kidding! The fifth was a total nail biter! We had a small lead, but San Diego came back and had us with our backs against the wall, leading 14-13. My teammates came up big and were able to side out to force a tie. Eventually, we came out on top, 17-15.
We finished up our tournament the next day with a match against Akron. A lot of our younger players got some good experience in that match, and our improved depth will come in handy as the season progresses.
That night, we got to walk out on the football field at Memorial Stadium and be recognized. Afterward, we were all talking about how cool it was. I had goosebumps looking around that stadium, and it made us feel great to be applauded by the Aggie faithful.
We all stuck around until the very end, trying to will our boys to a come from behind victory. Though our football team was unable to pull out the victory against the Lobos, we had their backs when we took down their volleyball team, 3-0, last night. It ALWAYS feels great to beat a rival.
Well, it’s two quick days of practice and school and then we are off to South Dakota for another tournament. Hopefully, next time I’m writing this, we will be 14-0!!