The ball is so much different. There is pretty much no recovery when it comes to making plays. If you make a mistake, the ball will bounce off your arms faster than you can react. The ball is a lot lighter so it floats more than the Molten balls we are used to in the U.S. So it is harder to tell where the ball is going or where it will land.
Nusbaum begins European Tour with U.S. team
Part 1 of 2 – Junior outside hitter Carlyle Nusbaum writes about her time with the U.S. Collegiate National Team competing in the European Global Challenge in Pula, Croatia. Nusbaum's team will play in the preliminary rounds on July 11 and 12.
It still seems so unreal to me. I am half way across the world playing volleyball with girls I only know from being across the net from them. We have all gotten along way better than any of us expected and there is not one thing I would change about the team or the coaching staff. So far we have practiced every day we have been here and have had 3 different scrimmages against teams from Slovenia and the Czech Republic. We are 3-0 and have been rotating everyone so that we are all given equal playing time. Slovenia and the parts of Croatia that I have seen are beautiful. The architecture, the beaches, the history, and especially the food all make this an even greater experience.
Tonight we had the opening ceremony in the square in Pula, Croatia. It's probably my favorite place we have been to yet. There are cobblestone streets and the buildings are older and have character. The shops and restaurants are just in the bottom of the buildings. We able to see the sun set while overlooking the river.
My first roommate was Jenna Rosenthal, a 6'5 middle blocker from Marquette. We got along very well. She's funny and quirky and just interested in learning about everything and everyone, which made it easier for me to get to know her. She is 100% herself 100% of the time, and it is awesome. Today is the first day of rooming with Jesse Earl, a 5'7 Libero from Auburn. More on her to come.
This summer has been full of fun things! Africa and Europe have been good to me. I learned that I absolutely love seeing new places, taking in the natural and handmade beauty of each destination. I never thought I would go to these places, and Lipscomb volleyball is the major reason why I get these opportunities. I have learned that I love my school and the people there, I love helping children and families in need, I love playing volleyball, I love seeing new places, but I also hate long plane rides.
For more information on the European Global Challenge visit the website.