Sept. 2, 2010
Iowa volleyball fans will be able to follow members of the Hawkeye tennis team as they blog about the 2010 season. The Iowa student-athletes will discuss the Hawkeyes' upcoming matches, road trips and what it's like being a student-athlete at the University of Iowa. Senior Becky Walters is this week's designated blogger.
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Hi Hawkeyes!! I hope everyone's weekend was as exciting as ours! We hosted the Hawkeye Challenge Tournament at Carver August 27-29. We invited Alabama, Green Bay, and Southern Illinois down to have some heated competition. On Friday we played Alabama and won 3-1. They were a great team, and we started off a little slow, losing the first game, but we quickly gained our composure and won the next three games.
On Saturday night we battled the Salukis to five games. Again, we started a little too relaxed and they won the first two games. We made a few changes on the court and we decided we were not going down without a fight. We battled back two games, and finished the Saluki's off in the fifth game, 17-15. We couldn't have done it without our loyal Hawkeye fans right behind us. The crowd was UNBELIEVABLE! On Sunday we defeated Green Bay, 3-0, to capture Hawkeye Challenge tournament championship. What a weekend! I must say it was easier to start school Monday knowing we are undefeated.
We hit practice hard on Tuesday, and continue to approach each day with the NCAA tournament in our minds. We leave Thursday afternoon and jump on the bus to go to the St. Louis Active Ankle Challenge for a four team tournament, including Wake Forest, Creighton, and St. Louis. The freshmen are anxiously awaiting their first road trip as Hawkeyes, and the team and coaches are all excited to have our first voyage as such a special group.
School and homework has picked up for a lot of us, and I'm sure the bus ride there and back will be a quiet one with a lot of studying. It can be challenging missing classes for travel and keeping up with the material but we have all prioritized and found ways to continue our achievement in the classroom!
Thanks to all the Hawkeye fans for your commitment and unsurpassed support! We sincerely and humbly appreciate your efforts to help us achieve greatness! On Iowa, GO HAWKS!!
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