Lauren Loerch's Aggie Volleyball Diary :: September 3rd, 2013

Hey there Aggie fans!

Last weekend we traveled up to UC-Berkeley where we faced Nevada, Cal and Santa Barbara in the Molten Classic Tournament. The weekend started off spectacularly with a clean sweep against Nevada. We came into the tournament confident and eager to compete and that’s one of the main reasons why we played so well against Nevada.

The next afternoon we faced Cal which also happens to be the former team I played on. It was great competition and good to see old teammates but our lack of toughness at the service line and not taking care of the easy ball really hurt us and unfortunately we lost in three games.

After some food, rest and icing our sore muscles we were back on the court again facing Santa Barbara. The whistle blew to allow the first serve and the game began. The match was very close and ended up going to five games. In college volleyball we play the best three out of five games. We won the first and fourth games but unfortunately lost the second, third and fifth. Our thirteen total serving errors, ball handling errors and bad communication really shot us in the foot but we are all determined to bounce back.

We leave Las Cruces for Hawai'i tomorrow morning when the moon is still out -- at 4:30 in the morning! I am not very excited about the plane ride there (because it’s almost eight hours long) but I cannot wait to play in Hawai'i. This tournament is going to be an extremely competitive tournament with three amazing teams: UCLA, Hawaii, and Santa Clara.

Personally, I have never had the honor to play in that jam-packed arena, but I can only imagine how it’s going to be! We are scheduled to play the University of Hawaii at 7:30 pm Hawaii-Aleutian time (11:30 pm Mountain Time) on Thursday, then we play UCLA at 5:00 pm Hawaii-Aleutian time (9:00 pm Mountain Time) and lastly we play Santa Clara at 5:00pm Hawaii-Aleutian time (9:00 pm Mountain Time).

Even though there is quite a big time difference, I hope we can get a lot of support for your Aggie volleyball team! If you click on this link: http://hawaiiathletics.com/schedule.aspx?path=wvball& it will take you to the Hawaii volleyball schedule where live stats are available for everyone’s convenience.

Also, be sure to check out the Lauren’s Lowdown for the week featuring a Q and A with Sasha Thomas and some behind the scenes footage of what it looks like on game day! Stay tuned for next week’s Lauren’s Lowdown and another blog entry!

Thank you for reading and Go Aggies!!