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 in 2005. 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.
Wow - A LOT has happened since my last diary entry! We're now 21-1 (woohoo!!), tied for first in the WAC, defeated the 11th ranked team in the country... that's a pretty solid week!
First came the attack of the bronchitis. Three of us on the team came down with bronchitis following our road trip to Louisiana, and countless others had a cough of some form or sinus problems and other health issues. Coach sensed our need for rest, I think, and gave us an extra day off. The whole week was spent avoiding high fives, coughing into our shirts (not on our hands!), sanitizing our hands during every water break and trying to either get better (my antibiotics worked amazingly!) or trying to avoid getting sick.
By Friday night we were all feeling much, much better. Hawaii came to town and the match was everything it was hyped to be. We struggled at times, and so did they. But what matters is that we never gave up.
Flash back to a year ago: we lose to Hawaii in five both times, putting up valiant efforts but unable to close. Fast forward to this past Friday, and we finally pulled it off. The crowd was amazing, of course, and really rallied us when we needed them. We talked a lot on our team about sticking together when things weren't going well on the court, because great teams like Hawaii will make amazing plays. It's important to know that they will pound the ball down sometimes or force us out of our offensive system, but we can't panic. On Friday night, no one panicked - even when things weren't working that well for us. I think that shows a lot of team growth and maturity since last year.
The locker room afterward was just a little crazy. We were either just screaming (wooooohooooooooo!!!!) or just sort of in shock. Whatever our reaction, it was awesome. We had tons of recruits there watching, and they all celebrated with our team in the locker room after. We told them they better get used to this, because we expect it from them for years to come!
Coming out after the game and getting congratulated by all the Aggie faithful was a very special feeling - like we were all sharing in the extreme joy of winning. My dad, a former college basketball player and coach, told me to savor the moment - that not many people get to have an experience like that in their lifetime. I felt so fortunate to be on the team and be able to contribute to the NMSU volleyball program like that.
That said, it's only one game. Every single WAC game is just as important as the other, and we have to be able to gear up emotionally for every single one. This week, we're heading to Fresno and San Jose. Both teams are much improved and will be tough opponents. Sure, we relished the Hawaii victory, but now it's on to the next game. GO AGGIES!!!!