Junior opposite Kristina Baum kept a player diary during
This morning I did a radio show again, for the third time this semester. Kim [Glass] and Bre [Ladd] came with me to promote this week’s matches against Stanford and Cal. As a seasoned vet, they all know me on a first name basis. Apparently, they have seen me so many times that I don’t even get a handshake anymore. This morning all I got was a wave and a “hey.” We are just that close now.
Anyway, it is fun doing the radio. Chris Rogers from our men’s basketball team was there as well. Our men’s basketball team has McKale Madness on Friday after we play
I’m so excited, not just for our match against
I can’t sit still. I’m restless. I want to play now. Can tonight come any slower? I guess I’ll go eat.
Wow! I don’t even know where to start. I need a second to breathe and take it all in. Yessss! We won tonight in five games. Five games ... Phew! By far, this was our best match of the season thus far, without a doubt. Without a single doubt. It’s about two hours after our match finished and my adrenaline is still flowing. My head hurts from screaming and getting excited between rallies. My heart is pounding out of my chest. I love it. I loved every single minute of that match.
We had our ups and downs, like every match does, but we battled until the very end. I have not heard of a five-game match that was won very easily or prettily. We got some bad calls by the refs, which, unbelievably, is something that happens all the time. Our passing was just okay. We missed some serves at the wrong times. I was supposed to set when Randy [Goodenough] was put in the front row for Amy [Dyck] to block, and I just stood there like a little girl waiting for her mommy. We missed our blocking assignments a few times. There were about a million match points for Stanford in the fourth game, but never ever did we give up. Never.
Personally, I started the game off the way I usually like to start my games off, with a block. Straight down. No chance. After that, there was no looking back. Last play of the game ... Amy one handed back set to me. Two blockers up. (At least I think there were two.) By the way, that last set was probably one of two sets that I actually had two blockers up on me out of like 30 sets. Back to Amy’s one handed set, which she probably learned from our assistant coach Steven Walker, 1970’s all-time assist leader. (It’s something like that, maybe a couple years off). I had two blockers up, and I knew I should have tipped it right behind the block the way Dave teaches us to do. Of course, I didn’t. I took a swing. They couldn’t handle the heat, so I got the kill. Game. Set. Match. I was so excited I fell to my knees. Actually, the real reason I fell to my knees was because I was exhausted. I’m almost 21. I’m not as young as I used to be. But I put everything I had into that match, and we won. I’m so proud of my kitties.
Although we won tonight, the true test is tomorrow night against
Usually, everyone is up doing last minute things before our game, but I can tell everyone is tired. All the couches in our locker room are filled with a slouching player. Nobody is playing baseball with a paper ball and paper bat like “Steph” [Butkus] and Amy were yesterday before our game. Too quiet. Almost no physical motion. I have a feeling this is going take every last ounce of energy and lots of mental toughness to beat
That is what I’m talking about!! Woo woo! We won in three against
The interesting part about our match was that I thought the crowd would have a bigger impact on our game. Although we had more people in the crowd than in our Stanford match, the crowd was more into the game on Thursday night. Even though tonight’s crowd was more interested in getting good seats for McKale Madness, they booed at the appropriate times, which showed they had to be watching something. Either way, we won.
I’m so proud of my team for battling it out tonight. Everyone struggled in some way, whether it was with their personal injury or simply being physically tired, but we put it all together and finished the week off right. Now everyone is going to be out to get us with our wins this weekend. I say, bring it! I am soooo tired ... I’m ... so ... tired ... I ... see ... the ... light ... I’m going ... now.
Back to my roots in So Cal next weekend. We’ll see what is Bruin in LA when the Trojans try to protect themselves against the wrath of some Wild Kitties.