Jordan Bostic is a defensive specialist for the 2007 NMSU Aggies volleyball team. Jordan is fourth on the team in both digs (30) and digs per game (1.11) and was named to the academic All-WAC team in 2006 with a GPA of 4.0. Jordan is a senior this fall and is majoring in Journalism/Mass Communications 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.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! It was a fun break for our team because for the first time since we joined the WAC, we got to spend the holiday with our families. Traditionally, the WAC Tournament is held over Thanksgiving, so our last two Thanksgiving feasts have taken place at a crowded buffet in Reno, NV. I’m not going to lie, I didn’t miss that buffet this year!
We had our two hardest practices of the year on Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving. It was intense, and Coach was really pushing us. Personally, I enjoyed it. I’ve been with this program for a while now, and around this time of year, the practice atmosphere gets a whole new feel. There is a certain urgency, a certain tension in knowing that every game from here on out could be our last. It’s a lot of pressure, but it’s a good thing, because while many teams across the country have already packed up their lockers for the season, we are still going strong.
Coach was very, very generous and gave us Wednesday through Saturday to travel home and spend the break with our friends and family. Everyone came back for practice on Sunday with happy faces (and full tummies!). We had another intense practice before we headed over to our selection show party at the Fulton Center. All of our biggest fans and boosters were there to share in the anticipation of finding out where we would be playing in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Watching the selection show is a weird thing. We were 99 percent guaranteed an at-large bid, but that one percent chance of not making it is scary! We have been surprised by the selection show before. I remember very vividly the heartbreak of not being selected in 2005, and I was thinking about that this year as the brackets streamed across the screen without our name in them. Finally, there we were: NMSU vs. LSU in Austin, Texas! It was feeling of relief and excitement. My immediate thoughts went something like this:
“Ooh, that’s not very far! Hopefully we get a lot of fans…”
“Finally we get to play at a neutral court!”
“Hmm… I have no idea about LSU. I wonder how good they are?”
My thoughts were interrupted by loud cheers from the crowd. Coach Jordan said, “Who’s going to Austin?!” and everyone replied with their own enthusiastic “Me!!!” NMSU President Michael Martin gave a short speech to congratulate us. I thought it was nice because I am sure there are a lot of university presidents across the country who could care less about the
volleyball team at their institution. Not at NMSU! I smiled as I heard the excited buzz around the room as our loyal fans calculated the cost of
airline tickets to Austin and talked about renting a charter bus to make the trip.
The party was great, but we have specific goals this year: we need to get past the first round of the tournament. Our program needs to keep growing.
This is our third time making the NCAA Tournament, and each time we have lost in three games. It’s time we get over the hump and stop being satisfied with just making the tournament. Hopefully, this is the year.
I just got back from a film session where we saw LSU in action for the first time, and I have to say, they look a lot like us. They run an offense similar to ours and have players that match up with ours athletically. It’s going to be a tough match. We really need to play our best to win. I know we will be as prepared as possible; it’s just a matter of playing our best on the night when it matters most.
I hope anyone and everyone that can make it to Austin comes and wears crimson! Every time we make the NCAA Tournament, we have a small contingent of fans and our opponent has a lot more (because we always play at their home court). This year is our chance to have a rowdy crowd that can help us win when the going gets tough. So please, if you can, be there! I here Austin has a lot of fun stuff to do (wink* wink*, Sixth Street!). We need your support! GO AGGIES!!!