Sept. 9, 2010
Iowa volleyball fans will be able to follow members of the Hawkeye volleyball 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. Freshman Rachael Bedell is this week's designated blogger.
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Hey Hawkeyes! This past weekend we hit the road for our first road trip and headed south to St. Louis for the Active Ankle Challenge. This was my first time on the road being a Hawkeye so I had no idea what to expect. The trip itself was pretty quiet with a lot of people sleeping and listening to music. After stopping for some food we called it a night because we had an early start the next morning. Our pregame practice was full of energy and enthusiasm for the game later that evening.
In our opening match versus Wake Forest we came in flat and went down 0-2 heading into the intermission. After coming out hard and with more energy than before we were able to take a game off of Wake Forest before falling in the fourth set. After the game, we decided as a whole that losing that game was a good lesson; however it was one that we weren't eager to learn again. After getting some food while scouting the next day's competition, we headed back to the hotel for a good night's rest.
The next morning we had another early start with two matches against Creighton and St. Louis. Both were rough games, but the battling was the best part! Two five-set victories in one day was a beating, but that's what makes us stronger! So after a doubleheader sweep to earn the tournament championship, we hit the road again to come back home.
The weekend was full of a lot of food, some pretty great pregame dance parties, quality naps during the few hours of free time, and amazing team bonding. My first trip on the road with the Hawkeyes was better than I could have ever imagined! As much as the road trips are a blast, nothing beats playing at home, because there is nothing greater than the Hawkeye fans in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Here we go HAWKS!