Women's Volleyball Blog | August 2009

No More Two-A-Days!

Aug 24, 2009 - Posted by Christie Carpenter at 10:55 pm | Permalink

We’re all done with two-a-days! We all can’t believe how fast they went by this year, but we’re not complaining that they are over either. Everyone is playing very well and competing well. The chemistry on this team is excellent and we are all getting very excited for the games to start.

On Friday after practice we left for Park City for our little retreat. We stayed at the Andrus’ lovely home. When we first arrived we all walked on Main Street for a while and then met up for dinner. After dinner we made our way over to the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (this is what I had been waiting for all day) and we all got a treat. Most of us got the “apple pie” caramel apple, which was very good. After this we went back to the house and the real fun began.

Freshman initiation is a great thing. Everyone has to go through it--it’s just the way of life for a team. It is fun for both parties—most of the time—and it brings the team closer together. Woke up the next morning and had a fabulous breakfast. Chef Shawn made us breakfast burritos that were delicious. We then had our team meeting, which got us all extremely pumped for everything to start. We set some great goals for ourselves and are all very motivated to reach them. After meetings we all went down the Alpine Slide. It was so fun! We had a great time and created some good memories.

We are all looking forward to another great week of volleyball. We have our Blue and White game on Tuesday and then we leave for Missouri this weekend!

Getting Ready for the Season

Aug 18, 2009 - Posted by Melissa Lake Wright at 9:10 am | Permalink

Hey Cougar fans! I hope everyone is getting ready for this year’s upcoming season! Things are looking great at this point. We have been blessed with a great new coaching staff and some talented new (and old) faces. This week has consisted of practice, treatment, food, more treatment and more practice. Then we top it all off with a good night’s rest and recuperation to get ready for the next day. This week has been tough, we can all attest to that. Our bodies are getting pushed to their limits, but it has been very rewarding. We are learning so much from our coaches both on and off the court. We are looking forward to bringing home the conference championship this year!

Tuesday night was the Cougar Kick-Off. It was great to see all of our fans out on the soccer fields showing their love and support. With all of your cheering and support, we are ready to begin the season.

Hope to see you at all of our games! Go Cougars!

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Aug 11, 2009 - Posted by Stephanie Lau at 9:10 am | Permalink

Our season has started! The time has come for double days, new practice gear, and all you can eat Cannon Center. We got started early on Friday morning with pictures. With all of us dolled up, we took individual and team photos over by the waterfall underneath the bell tower on campus. We then each did an interview for our new team Facebook page telling a little bit about our personal lives (be sure to add us as a friend and check them out)! The day proceeded with a series of meetings to set our season off right.

We met with everyone from our wonderful trainers to the hardworking compliance office, who make sure that we are all eligible to play within the NCAA. We also met with our Associate Athletic Director, Janie Penfield, who gave us a presentation on the Athletic Department and NCAA banned substances. Sandy Thomas, our academic advisor, also met with us to help us set our team G.P.A. goal for this next semester and make sure we are all on track towards graduation and being eligible. After we met with the all the awesome people that keep our team going strong, we had a team meeting to get us all set up for our season.

To finish off our first day, we headed to the training room to get our physical exams done. The next day we went to Helaman Halls to play volleyball at a function put on by BYUSA. We played with awesome people from the community and freshman living in the dorms. On Sunday, one of our new coaches, Chris McGown, invited the team over to his lovely home in Midway for dinner. If there is one thing we love to do as a team, it’s eating.

Monday marked the first day of practice for our 2009 season. There is no other feeling like playing in the Fieldhouse and we are so happy to be back! Although we had a competitive, high energy and constructive first practice, the excitement died afterward for the freshman when they learned they would experience part of their initiation. With approval from our head trainer, Gaye Merrill, the newcomers dipped all the way under in the cold pool, where the water is about 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Welcome to the team!

Although we had a setback during our practice on Tuesday with a routine fire drill, we are making great progress in the gym and we are thrilled to be back. Go Cougars!