Jordan Bostic's Aggie Volleyball Diary :: April 20th, 2007

Jordan Bostic is a member of the 2007 NMSU Aggies Volleyball team. Jordan was second on the team in both digs (311) and digs per game (2.47) and was named to the academic All-WAC team in 2006 with a GPA of 4.0. Jordan will be a senior in the fall and is majoring in Journalism/Mass Communication 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.

Spring volleyball practice is officially over! Well, I guess we will be officially finished at this time next week when we have finished maxing out in the weightroom, but yesterday, we concluded team practice.

To put a big exclamation point on our spring season that saw us win 19 games and only lose 4, we ran The Hill. No, that is not a typo - The Hill is so well known to athletes at NMSU that it deserves to be capitalized! It's gigantic, it's steep and it is an incredible (unbearable?) leg workout!

Our team gathered at the bottom of The Hill yesterday at 4 p.m., looking up at our coaches looming at the top. Running The Hill is known as a test of both physical fitness and mental toughness. It burns your legs, of course, but it takes considerable mental strength to force your legs to keep churning uphill when they are screaming at you to stop. Coach Jordan told us that doing struggling through something hard together (like running The Hill) is a good bonding experience, and he wanted to really see teamwork and support. Veterans buddied up with first time Hill-runners to help them keep pace and keep everyone moving together. It worked well, and we all made it through ten times up and ten times down. Afterward, you couldn't wipe the smiles off our faces as we soaked our muscles in ice baths, knowing that it was nearly time for summer and a well-deserved rest.

This spring has been very, very tough but very, very productive. We graduated three key players and had to groom inexperienced players to fill their big shoes in a short amount of time. I'm very proud of the freshmen and how hard they worked because I remember what it was like! It was my third spring season this year, so nothing really surprised me, but I remember being overwhelmed as a freshman. They kept working and really improved, which is a testament to their hard work. I should also acknowledge that spring is a difficult time of year for the coaching staff, as well, because everyday is intense coaching combined with recruiting and other coaching duties.

We finished the spring with a tournament in Houston and a spring game victory against UTEP in the Pan American Center. In Houston, we went 3-1, tying for third place after losing to Tulane in the semifinals. Tulane had beaten USC and Baylor to advance to the championship bracket, and we defeated Houston, Stephen F. Austin and Rice. We had great fan support in Houston, and the trip was a good one for everyone. Special thanks to my awesome relatives that came all the way from Tennessee!

We had nearly 700 fans at our game against UTEP on Wednesday that helped cheer us to victory. We also had a great time hosting a clinic for girls before the game, and there are now several five year olds who have ferocious spikes!

Our 2007 schedule should be released any day now, so be on the lookout for that. Coach promises that our pre-conference schedule will feature defending National Champion Nebraska as well as '06 NCAA Tournament teams Duke, Louisville, Texas and Utah. It's going to be a tough schedule but we'll be ready!

Get your season tickets and help us fill the Pan Am this year... GO AGGIES!