Junior middle blocker Kristina Baum kept a player diary during
As I sit here on on a plane at the
With the passing of Polkey, it has been hard to focus on volleyball and our practices were not very good this week. The energy level was down and I know Dave [Coach Rubio] was frustrated. Okay, timeout. Why does the flight attendant have to hit everyone as she walks past us as she checks the overhead bins? Excuse me, but I think you should close your jacket flaps so I can write in peace. Thank you. Back to what I was previously writing about ... Dave. (By the way, we have switched planes and are waiting to take off. They have moved luggage around the plane to balance the plane out. Does one piece of luggage really determine whether we fly tilting to one side or not? I don’t know. At least I am not being hit in the arm by the flight attendant.)
Where was I? Okay, D-Ru. I just had a brief conversation with the man himself about stats. Stats are taken daily at practice so we know when we are getting better. We have stats for kills, kill to error ratio, our percentage of kills, our percentage of errors, passing stats, serving stats, ace to error ratio, serving area stats, etc. Point taken. Personally, I think we should have walking stats. Walking stats should consist of how many steps we take, where we are going, whether we are wearing heels or sandals, the distance of our stride when we walk, the ratio of short steps to long steps, percentage of wearing heels to sandals, and, of course, how many times we trip. This would determine how tired we are by the time we get to our weekend matches by the total number of steps we took. Then, we can see how efficient we are being when we walk.
So in my conversation with Dave I am going to quote him as saying, “There are really only two stats that matter... if we win or lose.” Technically, one, those are not stats. A win is a win. A loss is a loss. A stat would be, for example, the percentage of wins to losses, but that is not what he said. Two, that is not two of anything. A win and a loss amount to two. A win or a loss amounts to one. Time out. I’ve decided we need a bigger plane. They just announced that the carts for drinks are wide and the aisles are too narrow. First, our luggage doesn’t fit. Then, our aisles are too small, not to mention that the average height of our team is six feet tall and we ducked to get in the plane to start. Another reason for a bigger plane. Oh, that and I’m sitting next to Dave. Just kidding, D-Ru.
So I have like two hours before we make the drive down to
We won! We won! Woo woo! Not a very pretty match, but whatever it takes to win. Game 1 went 37-35. Of course, all I will remember from Game 1 is shanking a pass to give them one of their game points. Bad form. On the up side, it was nice to play a close game with a crowd like WSU’s. Lots of pressure and a tight game. My favorite. Off to bed. Dogs tomorrow.
Kim Glass catches some z's.
We are on the plane now heading home. I’m just waiting for someone to start drooling so I can take their picture. I like action shots, like a drooling teammate. That just reminds me of Kim yesterday minus the drool. While we were waiting in the airport in
End of another road trip... Back to practice to get better.