Lauren Loerch's Aggie Volleyball Diary :: September 12th, 2013

Hey there Aggie fans and thank you for reading! This past week the volleyball team traveled to Hawai'i for the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic tournament. Our travel day to Hawai'i might’ve been the longest day in our lives. First, we woke up dark and early at 3:45 a.m. to depart Las Cruces at 4:10 a.m. The short flight from El Paso to Phoenix was on time and thankfully pretty smooth but we had no clue what was about to happen when we landed. We landed around 7 a.m. in Phoenix and we got the lovely news (sarcasm) that our flight was delayed 12 hours. No folks, that is not a type-o. WE WERE DELAYED 12 HOURS!! Thankfully we got meal vouchers from the friendly Hawaiian Airlines staff so we enjoyed some breakfast at the enchanting Phoenix airport. Since we were supposed to practice when we landed at our previous time coach decided that it would be a good idea to practice at the Arizona State campus during our layover. Thankfully, the Arizona State facilities were open and available to practice in (thank you!).

After a productive practice and after showering we were on our way back to the airport to grab our dinner vouchers. During the rest of the layover we did homework, slept comfortably on the floor of the airport and spent some quality team time. When we finally started getting ready to leave we got the heart breaking and earth shattering (okay it’s not that dramatic) news that we were delayed until 1:15 a.m. - THAT IS ALMOST A 20 HOUR DELAY!! When we got the news I think I just collapsed on the floor. Finally 12:45 a.m. slowly rolled around and it was time to board the plane. It was a smooth take off which I was very thankful for and it started the six hour countdown until we landed in Honolulu. The plane was dead silent for most of the trip minus the sounds of fussy babies --- four to be exact; and I was sitting in the middle of all of them. Gotta love children on planes!

So we finally landed in the beautiful land of Hawai'i and it was five hours until practice time. We got to the hotel, napped for an hour, then it was back on the road to get some reps and scrimmaging in.

The only word that comes to mind when thinking about the experience of playing on Hawaii’s court and the fans that packed the arena is “beautiful.” The support system they have for the Hawai'i athletics was so amazing and they were also very kind to us -- presenting us with leis and fruit and juice after our practices.

Overall, the weekend was definitely a learning experience. We definitely need building in all areas of our game -- some more than most. I’m so thankful that we had the privilege of playing in Hawai'i and competing against some amazing teams. Playing Hawai'i, UCLA, and Santa Clara has definitely prepared us for our upcoming matches ahead. The bar is very high and we will work everyday to be the best team we can be!

Your Aggie volleyball team finally has a home tournament this weekend! Hooray! We play Southern Utah at 10:30 a.m. and Arkansas-Little Rock at 7:30 p.m. Friday September 13. On Saturday we play Northern Illinois at 1:00 p.m. on September 14. Please come and show the love for your Aggie Volleyball team!! Mahalo! (Thank you in Hawaiian)