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.
Now that the dust has finally settled on a very busy week, I can do a quick recap of the events.
First, we finished Senior Night at the Pan Am with a win to grab another school record: the most wins in a season, 31. Then, we had Sunday to rest and do laundry to prepare for a long road trip to Reno for the conference tournament. We arrived in Reno on Monday night and checked into the huge Circus Circus hotel (which hosted all of the teams).
On Tuesday, all of the teams got one hour of practice time before the tournament begans on Wednesday. We had a good (very short!) practice and went back to the hotel to get ready for the WAC Banquet. Our team rarely wears anything but sweats during season, so we all enjoyed the chance to get dressed up for the banquet. Everyone looked beautiful, I must say! I went to say hi to some of our boosters at the banquet, who had to do a double take to figure out who I was. Turns out no one recognized any of us all dolled up! We pulled in lots of awards at the banquet, which was cool to see. Alice, Kim, Amber, and Choi all made first team All-WAC, and Krystal made second team (although we all think she deserved first team honors as well).
We had a mild scare the next day against Boise State in the first round. They played great, and we struggled to get going. Could have been nerves, I guess, but we figured it out soon enough and got the win to advance to the second round. The next day, we played really well against a tough Idaho team. Once we beat them, it was onto the nationally-televised championship game against- who else?- Hawaii. We had never played in the championship before, and everyone was very excited. Our fans came out in full-force, with Aggie gear, signs, and even body paint. My personal favorites were Amber's dad's crimson and white face and Jackie Choi's cousins in their personalized #4 sweaters. By the way, Choi wins the award for biggest fan section. I think she had almost 30 relatives there!
Personally, my aunt and uncle flew in all the way from Birmingham, Alabama, to finally see the Aggies in action. They had never seen college volleyball before, but by the end of the week, they were hooked.
Most people know how the tournament ended: we lost in the finals. However, there weren't negative feelings because we knew we had to turn our focus to the NCAA Tournament. We were happy to leave the cigarette-smoke filled casino/lobby (thank goodness for smoke-free New Mexico), the biting cold wind, the dinging of the slot machines and the endless buffets to return to home sweet home in Las Cruces.
Yesterday, we had a huge crowd of supporters on hand to watch the NCAA Selection show on ESPN. Every time they showed a new bracket, we let out anxious sighs. Our excitement was finally released when we saw our name pop on screen, scheduled to face off against the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado. The whole thing is very exciting!
We have two days of practice before we leave for Boulder, and I'm sure it will be very intense. Actually, I need to go to practice right now, so I must finish this up. We hope everyone who can makes the trip to Boulder to come out and support us like they have all year. GO AGGIES!!