Thursday, August 12, 2004
EDITOR'S NOTES: This is the first in a series of daily journals written by Crimson Tide volleyball players. The journals will give a first-hand account of their experiences as they prepare for the 2004 season, and give an inside look at Alabama Volleyball.
I woke up at exactly 4:44 AM this morning. I know I remember it because I was so excited and anxious to get up for our first practice. I really couldn’t fall back asleep after that, so I thought about the upcoming day.
First was extra conditioning for anyone who didn’t complete all 10 of their gassers in the time allotted. We sprinted two 1-mile ladders in the barn. Good thing I had to make up only one day of conditioning.
Since people still have classes and finals this week, each person on the team practiced for an hour with a specific group, whether it be setters, liberos, or outsides. The first hour flew by and everyone was so amazingly intense. Defense was our focus for this morning and this evening’s practice. This evening’s practice went by so fast as well, and I think everyone had fun digging Judy and Chris and cheering everyone on. I loved seeing Julie dig ball after ball at the end of a drill with this huge smile on her face! It was also awesome to see everyone smiling after Mary Beth dug a perfect ball to the dig box to end practice.
Folks, in case you didn’t know already, this year is going to be different. It was different last spring when we got so much better during individual training, especially digging and serving. It was different when Heffner led the team this summer in workouts and getting everyone to play. It was different when our incoming freshman, Brigette, Bridget, and Megan joined the team early this summer in July to take class and work out with us. It was a different feeling leaving Judy’s house on Monday after our team cookout.
Seriously, people better have their eye on us, because we have some business to finish. If you don’t think I am serious, check out our new media guide when it hits the shelves. The three seniors on this team-me, Heff, and Julie, know what it is going to take to make it to the big dance....the NCAA tournament.
So what is the average student doing right now? Studying for finals? Watching TV? Going out with friends? I am sitting here right now....10:00 PM, fresh out of the cold whirlpool, in sweaty clothes, writing about my day, which started at 4:44 AM.