Holding Court With ... Kelly Williamson
Sept. 22, 2008
Each week during the 2008 season a different Lobo will fill you in on what is going on in the life of the New Mexico Volleyball Team. Look for a new blog each Monday morning throughout the season.
September 22 - Kelly Williamson, freshman outside hitter, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Hello Lobo Fans!
After returning from our exciting trip to Nebraska, the team took advantage on Sunday to catch up on our classes and rest up for another intense week of practices and games.
Monday came quickly, I'm not going to lie. Early morning classes forced us out of bed because make-up work had to be turned in and tests had to be taken. But, we couldn't complain too much about being in class: it was the shortest school week ever! Monday and Tuesday consisted of the regular hustle-n'-bustle around campus in an effort to make it on time to classes and practices; but before we knew it, we were off again!
After our concise practice of passing and serving on Tuesday afternoon, we rushed to the airport, boarded our plane, and were on our way to Dallas/Fort Worth, home of the Texas Rangers and, apparently, two amusement parks. Our lovely hotel, coincidentally, was right next to both. To our dismay, we did not go to either. But we already had a lot in store for the week...
Wednesday morning we gathered in Lisa Beauchene's room for breakfast as usual, then piled into our vans and headed to Texas Christian University (TCU). We had a short practice in order to familiarize ourselves with the court, for in a matter of hours we would be there playing our first match of the conference season.
The result of the match was not one that we expected. After the loss of the first two sets, we got our act together and battled fiercely in sets 3 and 4 to tie the match up. Unfortunately, our opponent, TCU, was not going to surrender on their home court so easily. They made a push in the tie-breaking set we obviously were not ready for. The loss of this match was quite devastating. After a long locker-room chat, we made our way back to the hotel with our minds focused on the next two matches we were determined to win.
Thursday was a flexible day. Some of the girls made it to an outlet mall and raided the Nike store, so I hear. Other less fortunate people, such as myself, had to stay behind to finish homework. We also had a practice in the late afternoon.
The University of Texas-Arlington (UTA) was the host of our weekend tournament. We played Sam Houston State on Friday afternoon and won in 3 straight sets. It was certainly not the best match we have played so far this season, but a W is a W any way you look at it, right?
Saturday morning we woke up early and drove on the interstate in an hour's worth of traffic to Dallas, but I have to say that it was worth the wait. We were treated to a tour of the Sixth-Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, the location from where Lee Harvey Oswald fired shots at the beloved president, John F. Kennedy. The excursion was interesting and a wonderful break from our routine.
That night, we played against UTA and crushed them in the first two sets. The scores were 25-13, 25-12. We met up in our locker room for intermission, and gladly listened to the coaches as they called out our high hitting percentages. For some reason, however, we were unable to go out in the third set and do the same. We suffered a close loss in set 3, but came back in set 4 with the win. We had a team dinner at Jason's Deli that night, then crawled into bed while hoping our 7 a.m. alarm would not sound too soon.
We had a relatively painless flight back to Albuquerque. Once again, we have Sunday to recover and another volleyball-packed week to look forward to.
I would like to take this opportunity to say that I am extremely happy to be traveling this season and representing the Lobos. I would also like to extend my thanks to my teammates, coaches and the loyal fans that make it to our matches or stay on top of our whereabouts. It has been quite an experience for me thus far, and I am looking forward to the rest of our season! Next week we travel once again, this time to San Diego and Las Vegas. We hope you continue to read up on us, and remember, "Everyone's a LOBO! Woof, woof, woof!"