Day Three of Nationals
Relationships are important in the sport of volleyball because we develop such strong bonds with one another so we can easily trust each other on and off the court. We develop trust and flow on the court. There are twelve girls on our team each representing a different high school. We build bridges with others through volleyball and it’s a way to meet girls from all over the nation. There are plenty of ways to meet others through tournaments, college visits, camps, etc. I was fortunate enough to play on a USA High Performance team last summer. It was five days of training and then an international tournament in Des Moines, Iowa. I met so many great girls from all over the nation and I still see them almost every other weekend during club season.
In the past two days, I have played two of the girls that were on my national team and seen three others. It’s very fun to see and play the girls you’ve met along the way, but those relationships are put on hold during our games for our own teammates. I know that the twelve of us on A5 have become even closer over the past three days and will continue to grow together with only one day left.
We only played two games today. Our first one was against a team from Hawaii called Ka Ulukoa. We lost the first set, 25-20, but the second one was a completely different story. During the second set we played our hearts out and won, 26-24. The third set was very close but we played together as a team that trusts each other and came out on top, winning 16-14. Caroline Ostman, one of our outsides, played a great game against this team! She had 12 digs, seven kills and an ace. Caroline does a great job of leading our team.
Our second game was against Six Pack from Cedar Falls, Iowa. Zahria Graham, one of our middles, had six kills, two block and three digs against this team! We lost the first set 25-23 but won the second 25-20, sending the match into a third and deciding set. The third set was well fought but we lost 16-14. Tomorrow morning, we will conclude the tournament, hoping to finish as high as we can.