Sunday, August 15, 2004
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the fourth 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.
Well well well!! It is my turn to tell you about what’s going on with the volleyball team. My name is Megan and I am a freshman. I absolutely love it here. The girls on the team are awesome! I have only been here for about a month now, but I feel like it is home. (Shhh don’t tell my mom that she will probably cry.) Pre-season has been tough...no doubt, but it has been amazing.
Everyone has been working extremely hard and I really feel like it is paying off. For example, tonight at the end of practice we played “six on six” it was so INTENSE!! I had a blast. Everyone worked their tails off. I was getting awesome passes from Kory and Jess, and Julie was doing a tremendous job running the middle. When we got in the huddle tonight at the end of practice I just couldn’t stop smiling. This team is great now, and is going to progress into an amazing team with an infinite amount of heart and intensity. Each girl adds something different on and off the court. Crystal is always positive and she makes people laugh with her little comments or crazy dance moves. Rachel is always smiling, and she always wants to work on her slide hit. Heff is being an amazing leader to everyone by bringing us together, and playing really tough. Finally, the last girl I am going to talk about for now is Abbi who I feel like can be my older sister on the team. She and I goof around acting literally like monkeys, but then she can be blunt with me and tell me what I should and should not be doing. This team is full of remarkable girls with great attitudes. I would not change a thing about anyone. We, as a team, want to be in the gym playing our hardest. We want to push ourselves to be better players, and mostly, we want to win. That is what we plan to do this year...Win Win Win...and keep on winning to the end of the “Big Dance”...yeah that’s the championship where the big dogs play...and look out because Alabama is heading that way. I really cannot express enough how pumped I am to be here in Alabama playing with these girls on his team. Yeah...the weather is nice here... not as sporadic as in St. Louis, my hometown, but that’s not why I came here. I came because I just felt something when I was on campus. It is something I do not think I can explain...you just know when you are in the right spot. My spot is here with this team. We are working hard each day of pre-season, and we will work hard from here on out. Nothing is going to stop us!
Volleyball is what I do during most of my time these days, but when I am not playing volleyball, I am finding some weird and crazy things to do with my fellow frosh, Brigitte and Bridget. We are three totally different girls, but we have the best times together. Bridget was my roommate this summer, and now I feel like she is the sister I never had. We crack jokes continuously at each other, and we have the most hysterical moments that are so funny at the time, but when I go to retell them, they are never quite as funny. She is great! From “bumping” Yellowcard in her car, to dancing around the room, she and I have had the best of times, and we have only known each other for a month. Brigitte Slack had to room by herself this summer, which was a total bummer, but we managed to have some funny times together as well. For example, the three of us were standing in an elevator for about five minutes talking, when we finally realized that none of us pushed he button. I laughed so hard that my abs were hurting. (That might of had something to do with the ab workout from that day, but oh well.) And actually today Brigitte wore her swimming Speedo, cap, and goggles to the team cool down in he pool. That may not sound that funny, but when everyone else is in sports bras and spandex, and your teammate comes in all decked out in swimming gear, it is pretty dog-gone hilarious.
We, the freshman, finally moved today into the room that we will be living in for the rest of the year. It is awesome. We have a five-person suite that has its own bathroom and living area. Brigitte, Bridget, and I are all split up. I got my own room, (I do not know how I got lucky, but I am pumped about it) and Bridget and Brigitte each are in separate rooms, but they are sharing them with two golfers! I have not met the girl golfers yet, but I am excited to do so. Oh! I forgot to mention...the golfers are from Australia. I am hoping to pick up a Southern/Australian accent to add to my Midwestern one. I really do not know how to end this journal because I could truly go on for pages and pages about my first month here at school. I love it so much. Come watch us play in the Cave, and ROLL TIDE!