We were about one-quarter of the way through practice when we got together and decide we were not going to allow a lack of effort. Brandon asked "What is the difference between Monday's practice and today's practice?" My answer was effort. We were just going through the motions in the beginning. So after we came together we worked hard and expected nothing less. We finished practice the way it should have been and we were ready for practice Saturday.
Saturday we were up early to start practice at 10 a.m. With the Nashville Symphony in the arena we had to start taking stuff over to the high school gym at 9 a.m. It was an early morning. The gym was very cool in temperature after a cool night. It is good for us to practice over there because we really have to focus on what is important _ our team. Nothing else matters but us.
Coach Forehand let us borrow his truck to load up the balls, boxes, etc. Loading stuff up to take over is an adventure in itself. The first load over to the high school we lost a ball out of the back of the truck. So Elly Kaiser had to walk back and find it. When the second load came back, that was when we saw Elly walking, and Sam Sullivan goes "Ummm what is Elly doing?" Pretty funny, her facial expression had a very lost look on it.
We had things to work on before the game on Sunday. Saturday practice started off with a few games but then we got down to business. Since we reviewed the scouting report after practice Friday we worked on things FGCU did well and how to defend them. There was no messing around today. It was getting in, going to work, and getting out!
Getting done around 12 was great. We had the rest of the day to ourselves. A few of us had to go to rehab right after practice and then off to lunch. A lot of the team went over to Jim's Nachos (one of my favorites) and had lunch. It was a good time to just sit and relax and have lunch together.
After we were done, Kaycee Green and I spoiled ourselves with frozen gourmet pops from Las Paletas. If you have never been, you are missing out. They are located straight down Granny White Pike. Everyone should go check it out. And they had my favorite there that day, Strawberry Banana Pineapple. Curfew was at 10:30 p.m. Saturday.
We had to be at Panera by 9:45 a.m. for our pregame meal. I always get the same thing for pregame meals if we go to Panera in the morning _ a breakfast sandwich: sausage, egg, and American cheese, on a white grain bagel and a fruit and yogurt parfait. I was watching the cook make our sandwiches, and I noticed they use real eggs (like they actually crack each egg and put it in a pan, rather than one that is already made and you just warm up) on each sandwich. Maybe everyone knew that but I didn't and it made me excited. Obviously it doesn't take much to excite me.
But anyway, we got done eating and went back to school to get ready for our game with Florida Gulf Coast. Most people went back to get stuff from their rooms and others went straight to the locker room to get dressed and put all the other equipment on for our Serve/Pass at 11:30 a.m. Then over half the team went straight to the training room to get treatment. A little bit of ice cup, heat, ultra-sound, stretching, and the list goes on. Let’s just say our trainer Reggie is Super-woman.
I would say Serve/Pass compares to batting practice for baseball and the shoot-around for basketball. It is something to get our bodies going and a mini "practice" before we start warming up for the game. Serve/Pass went well. We went through our rotations and did some other things to get our bodies moving.
Then we went back to the locker room for the pregame video Ryan Daly made. The rating on the video equals amazing. If you haven't seen it, it is on Lipscomb Volleyball Facebook Page... go check it out!
There was a pregame speech from Brandon and then it was time to warm up... then GAME TIME. I would have to say warm-up might be the worst part about game day. Having to warm-up for 45 minutes... yeah sounds like a blast... but it is good for us so I guess it isn't tooooo bad!
The team was excited about the game. We have something to prove every game and we can't let down for one second. We did not let down against Florida Gulf Coast. We did not play our best at the beginning of the game. We started off a little slow but didn't let down. We kept pushing ourselves each play to get better. In the end we went 3-0 to sweep Florida Gulf Coast. All around it was a good weekend for us. After taking Monday off it is back to work on Tuesday.
Written by Stefine "Jake" Pease, senior setter for the Lady Bisons. Her journal is published on Mondays and Thursdays.