Representing the Best: Erica Lott with USA Volleyball

Erica Lott is the ninth Cougar to participate in the USA Volleyball program. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

BYU opposite hitter Erica Lott was selected as one of 20 women's volleyball players from across the nation to participate in the U.S. Women's National Volleyball A2 program, becoming the ninth Cougar to compete for the U.S. on the national stage. Follow along as she periodically relates her experience and gives us an inside look at life at the top.

May 24

Howdy y'all. It's Erica Lott signing in from Austin, Texas where I am currently training with the women's A2 USA team. From the time I arrived this past Monday it has been volleyball, volleyball, volleyball. And that's just the way I like it! There are 20 collegiate players here that were divided into two teams of 10 to play in the Open National tournament that will take place Saturday through Tuesday. I am so excited for the tournament to start! It's crazy to think that I have only been here for three days, it definitely feels like a lot longer. A regular training day goes something like this:

7:00 a.m. Wake up, press the snooze, only to wake up five minutes later...that extra five minutes gets me through the day.

7:30 a.m. Breakfast with the team at the University of Texas dorm cafeteria. Conversation usually consists of how sore we are, what body parts hurt, how excited we are to play, and a contest to see who can guess what kind of cheese was in the omelettes.

8:30 a.m. Arrive at the gym (Austin Sports Center). Put on the awesome red, white and blue mizuno shoes they gave me and do a little stretching before warm up starts.

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Morning practice session.

Noon-2:00 p.m. Lunch, napping, facebooking, and hanging out back at the dorms with my teammates.

2:30-6:00 p.m. Afternoon training session

6:30 p.m. Dinner back at the dorms.

7:00 p.m. Watch American Idol, hang out in the computer lab with teammates (a little more facebooking), laundry, etc.

11:00 p.m. Lights out for the night.

By the end of every day I am so tired and ready to get under my covers and sleep. The training sessions are so intense and so competitive, every session I feel like I am becoming a better volleyball player. We ended practice early this afternoon because all our coaches have meetings. So some of us went to the pool...it poured rain. Tonight we are going to have a team activity so we can bond and just have fun out of the gym.

That's about it for now, i've got to go take my clothes out of the dryer. I'll write again to report on our progress in the tournament. Go cougs, and for the time being, go USA!

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