Postcards from Minnesota

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Brooks Webster is one of 24 collegiate volleyball players to make the A2 team
Brooks Webster is one of 24 collegiate volleyball players to make the A2 team

Brooks Webster was selected as one of 24 collegiate volleyball players to take part in the 2009 U.S. Women's National A2 Team that will compete at the USA Adult Open Championships May 23-26. She will check in periodically to tell us about her experiences in Minnesota.

May 26, 2009


Sorry I haven't gotten a chance to write until now, but we were so busy with matches the past couple of day! We began playing in the U.S. Open Championships at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Saturday. Our original team of 24 split into two teams for the tournament, and one was called USA Blue and the other USA Red. I was part of USA Blue.

That day, we had two matches and came out winning both! Our opening match was against Team BC, which we won 3-0. Our second match that day was to Trim Laguna Beach and we came out on top in that one 3-1.

On Sunday we picked up a 3-0 win against MN Dixies before dropping our first match of the tournament against Huskies VBC 3-0. The playoff matches began Monday with us taking on the Exterminators. Unfortunately, we came out on the losing end of that match 3-1, but continued play. Later on in the day we faced Trim Laguna Beach again and won that match 3-1 despite losing the first set.

Tuesday was by far the longest day for us as we played in three matches nearly back-to-back-to-back. We started at 8:00 a.m. with the MN Dixies and came out with a 3-0 win. Our second set was real close and finished by a score of 28-26. Next up, we took on Westwood and had a five-set battle with them. Westwood won the first and third sets, but we were able to win the second, fourth and fifth pretty decisively to take the match.

Our third match of the day was an important one as it was the semifinals and decided who would go to the championships. Coincidentally, we ended up playing the other half of our A2 team, USA Red. We held them close in the third, but unfortunately for Team Blue, our opposition was already up a pair of sets. Team Red ended up winning the match 3-0, but would fall in the finals to the Huskies by the same score.

My team finished third in the overall tournament with a 6-3 record. Team Red finished just above us in second with a 7-2 record and the Huskies VBC won the Open Championships with an 8-0 record.

One of the neater experiences for me on this team was having the opportunity to play at different positions. I got to play right side and right back defense. It was definitely different for me!

All in all, I had a great time in Minnesota! This was a wonderful experience, and I am glad to have been part of it.

Thanks for checking in with me throughout the past week. I hope to see you all at our matches this fall!

Roll Tide!


May 22, 2009

Hi again!

We finally had our first competition yesterday in the intrasquad scrimmage. It was a great opportunity for us to do something good as a team because all the proceeds from ticket sales benefited local gymnast Meghan Bergman. Meghan suffered several injuries during a meet on Jan. 17 and has had nine surgeries already.

We got to meet Meghan before the event which helped all of us realize how important this was to her. The scrimmage ended up being Team USA Blue versus Team USA Red. I was on Team USA Blue and unfortunately we lost! It was a neat experience though because we played with the International protocol and had four line judges.

After the scrimmage was over we met with Meghan again and talked to her for a bit. She also came out with us to dinner.

Today, we have been practicing at the convention center where we will be playing our first match of the USA Adult Open Championships tomorrow. Following the match we have the option to check out the Mall of America which is something many of us are looking forward to!

I'll be sure to check back in again soon. I hope everyone has a great Memorial Day Weekend.

Take care!


May 19, 2009

Hi everyone!

I'm sitting in a cold bath right now, so I figured this would be the perfect time to write to you all about what has been going on so far in Minnesota. Today was our first full day of training as yesterday was mainly used as a travel day for all the girls to get here. We woke up pretty early this morning and headed to breakfast before going to our first practice session. After a couple hours in the gym we all grabbed some lunch.

We were given free time before our next practice, but we were all so tired we decided to go back to the dorms and get some sleep! Following the shut eye, it was time to get back up and prepped for another training session. Time flies when you are busy because before we knew it, we had just finished our first day of two-a-days. We were all sweaty from practice, so we went back and showered before making our way to dinner.

Again, we had free time scheduled in after our meal. There are some fun activities available for us in the area including bowling in Minnesota's student union building. Instead of going out tonight though most of us decided to call it an early one and get some more rest.

Our daily agenda looks similar for the next couple of days until Thursday. That is when we have our first intrasquad scrimmage. I'll check back with you all then to let you know how things went.

Until next time...