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Sunday, February 21, 2010Lipscomb junior setter Stefine “Jake” Pease has been in Colorado Springs, Colo., since Friday as part of the tryout session for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team. She has been writing a diary of her experiences each day.
Here is day two:
Waking up this morning at 6:30 a.m. My roommates had the 12 p.m. session and I had the 8 a.m.!
Went to eat breakfast - so good! And went to the gym. We started off with abs and stretches again. Today was very technical. They wanted us to understand how THEY taught passing rather than what we have already been taught. So this morning the coaches were looking at who could "change" and do the skill how THEY want.
They use angles in their passing. So we learned and focused on that for the whole session. "Serving and passing are the most important skills in volleyball!"
After our session we went to the gift shop to look for T-shirts and other gifts! And on our way back across the campus, we froze our hands off taking pictures out in the snow!
The sidewalks are lined with flags from all of the countries, signs that tell about each Olympic event, and on top of the visiting center there is a torch that is lit!
There was a big outdoor room with the Olympic Rings on the outside, inside were a few quotes from Olympians such as:
"I learned to win by learning to lose-- that means not being afraid of losing," Jeff Blatnick (wrestling).
"Athletics is all that I care for. I sleep them, I eat them, I talk them and try my level best to do them as they should be done," Babe Didricksen Zaharias (track & field).
Then of course we got to eat- banana pudding!!! while waiting for the groups to be posted.
Session No. 2 of Day Two:
We had to check at 12 p.m. to see what group we were in for the afternoon. I was in group 1 at 2 p.m. We started with passing, serving, and hitting lines with a partner and then went into playing --- a lot of playing! The coach talked about being here to represent the U.S.A. so we all need to step up and play like it! So it was pretty intense, but it was fun and we got a lot out of it!
I got a little of the altitude this morning. I think it was because I didn't drink enough fluids last night. I felt a little dizzy for about five minutes but after I got a drink I could tell a complete difference! Hydration has been a key part in performing here.
After dinner I got together with a few of the girls I have met and traded shirts! Pretty awesome experience!