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Spring Season 2012

Posted Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

For the past 3 weeks we have been in the gym preparing as a team for the long awaited spring season tournament that happened this past weekend. Since the beginning of the semester we have been getting together every Sunday night for open gym from 10-12, but starting in April we had organized practices 3 times a week, and let’s just say that it wasn’t a waste of time. Every practice showed everyone’s eagerness to be back in the gym. One of the big things that we stress with Greenville volleyball is that champions are made in the off-season. We aren’t provided with a workout plan or told what to do, but are expected to make our own time to improve ourselves by getting faster, stronger, and better. This year was one of the best spring seasons in part to the improvements that were made by multiple individuals on their own time. Because we lost seniors, a couple of girls had to step up and fill roles on the court. Joelle Scholten stepped out of her normal position of outside hitter to set for the black team and did a phenomenal job! It was good to see all of the talent that we will be bringing back with us next season, and we’re very excited to bring in our recruits and add them right in. The tournament was a huge success, as we had 8 teams competing all day and lots of fans to cheer us on as the black team finished 9-1 on the day with the best record in the gym!

Friday night we hosted our yearly trivia night, which is a fundraiser that we do to raise money that goes directly to our missions fund. This past summer the majority of the team got the opportunity to go to the Dominican Republic for a week to play some volleyball, do some work, but most importantly to share God’s love with the Dominicans. Not only did we get the opportunity to help them out, but also we were impacted ourselves in various ways. Without the outside help from family, friends and fundraisers, it is difficult for us to raise enough money to have these kinds of opportunities. Our trivia night was successful, as we raised $2,000 to go towards our next trip. We want to thank everyone that came out this past weekend to support us and cheer us on. We couldn’t do this without you!!


Follow the Yellow Brick Road

Posted Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

This past weekend as we traveled to Spalding University we knew that we had a lot ahead of us. Being ranked the number one team in the conference can be very exciting, but yet at the same time it puts a lot of pressure on you because of the expectation. We prepared long and hard as we approached one of the biggest weekends where we would face the second and third teams in the same day.

On Saturday we arrived at the gym early to watch a little bit of the game before ours, and then it was out turn. Once we were all dressed and ready to go, Coach came down to the locker room to give us a pep talk before the big day. He talked to us about Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz and her journey down the yellow brick road. Along her journey, Dorothy met the Scarecrow who lacks a brain, the Tin Man who lacks a heart and the Lion who lacks courage. As they travel together they come to realize that they all do actually possess these qualities. Coach then went on to say that as a team we too possess all of these qualities that it takes for us to be successful. He challenged us all to be like Dorothy who was a vital part in bringing out these qualities in each of her friends. If we are to be like Dorothy then we too will bring out these great qualities in our teammates and together we can succeed.

Our first match of the day was against Webster. We dropped the first set but came back fighting in the 2nd and 3rd to pull out a couple of wins. Unfortunately we couldn’t pull out another in the 4th and decided to make it interesting again with 5 games. We got out to a slow start and slowly but surely climbed our way back after getting down 12-8. Needless to say we pulled away with a 16-14 victory over Webster in the 5th, always a great feeling! Next, we faced Spalding University. We didn’t come away with a W as we fell 0-3, but we definitely have a better look at what to expect next time we meet. Spalding and Webster will both be traveling to Greenville in our next matchups to play in our very own HJ Long Gymnasium where we remain undefeated since 2009.

Overall we were pretty pleased with the weekend. The team has shown a lot of fight in the past week and let everyone know that we’re not going down easy.

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