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.
Phew! It’s been another whirlwind couple of weeks for our volleyball team. When I left off, we were preparing to fly to Hawaii and take on the Wahine. The trip was very interesting because for the first time, we caught a ride on the football team’s chartered flight. I had never been on a chartered flight before, so it was certainly a new experience.
The plane was extremely full. In addition to our volleyball contingent, there were numerous boosters, coaches’ wives and athletic department staff that chose to make the trip to the islands. I’m sure they just came to support us… I know it had nothing to do with the gorgeous turquoise ocean and perfect weather (wink wink!).
To be honest, the flight to Hawaii is not fun. It’s a very long time to be cooped up in an airplane seat with no leg room! However, one of the perks of flying with the football guys was getting fed all the time. It seemed like every hour someone was passing around bags of snacks and Gatorades and other goodies to satisfy our appetites. I’ve never seen anything like it, and now I know how some of those linemen keep their weight up!
When we landed in Hawaii, we were all tired, and our stomachs were extremely full. We made it to our hotel on the Waikiki strip and were greeted by the cheerleaders and some of our favorite boosters. It was a great to have our friends there to welcome us.
I don’t have much to say about the match, except for the fact that Hawaii played great and we didn’t. When a team as talented as Hawaii is playing as well as they were against us, you have to bring your ‘A+’ game to win. We did not bring our A game…I would call it our C game at best. It was certainly disappointing to lose, but you have to commend Hawaii on how well they played.
We played on a Friday night and weren’t leaving until Saturday after the football game, so our team had some time to enjoy Hawaii. The weather was absolutely perfect, and we all had a great time on the beach. I’m a native Floridian, and when I got knocked over by a puny wave, I had to laugh. I have been in the desert for too long! We also had time to shop at the market and the mall before we headed to the stadium to watch the football team play.
I wish the football team could have won, but it was fun to be supporting them anyway. Even the rain couldn’t wash us away- we all just put our hoods over our heads and toughed it out. The atmosphere was fun and there were plenty of Aggie fans to join us as we sang along with our fight song.
We finally made it back on Sunday afternoon and had one day of rest before the beginning of a long week. We played at UTEP on Tuesday and stayed the night in El Paso before heading on a four-night tour of Idaho to play Boise State and the University of Idaho. The game at UTEP was fun, and we took over their gym with our crimson fans. To all our loyal fans who took the buses down to watch the game, thanks so much! I want to send a special shout out to our fan who sported a homemade volleyball head that he crafted from Styrofoam and a helmet. I went over to examine the construction myself, and it was one of the most ingenious things I have seen in a long time. One word: Awesome!
The good news is, we went 3-0 last week on our final long road trip of the year. It was fabulous to walk off the airplane in El Paso on Sunday and immediately strip off our sweatshirts that we had so desperately needed in chilly Idaho. You can’t beat shorts and tank top weather in November!
This is a big week for all of us seniors. Sunday will be our last official home game of our careers. I truly can’t believe it has gone by so fast. We are all going to be welcoming our family and friends to celebrate the milestone with us, so it will be a busy week. After that, it’s WAC tournament time. We need to put on a great tournament so everyone will know how great Las Cruces is. Let’s hope we can be like our basketball team and bring home a WAC Championship in front of the best fans in the country- ours! Be there… I promise you won’t be disappointed. GO AGGIES!!