Oct. 25, 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. Junior Megan Eskew is this week's designated blogger.
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Hi Hawkeye Fans! We've just finished up two weeks of very competitive volleyball. Last weekend, we headed out east to Ohio State and Penn State. The team came out flat against Ohio State, but bounced back the next night to play a close match with No. 9 Penn State the following night. The turbulence on the plane ride to Penn State had most everyone feeling a little jittery, which may have been the wake up call we needed! The flight back to Iowa City from State College was much more interesting. We were allowed to take turns in the cockpit and got to grill the pilots with our multiple questions. The burning question I had to ask was, "Can I press a button?" Yes! Although the button I got to press only made a beeping noise and lit up all the buttons, it made my flight.
This past weekend, we were back on our home court to play in front on the best fans in the nation. We fought a hard match against Wisconsin, but were unable to execute in the end and fell in five sets. We walked out of the locker room Friday night with heads held high, however, and ready to face No. 6 Illinois. Again, a good performance came from the Hawkeyes but again a lack of execution in the end. As Coach Dingman told us in the locker room after the match, the way we learn to execute in the end is by putting ourselves in the position to compete in the end. Although no wins were accumulated, we proved to ourselves that we can compete with anyone in the Big Ten whether ranked or not and learned another lesson to carry forward into second half of the Big Ten schedule.
On that note, we are very excited for our next opportunity to compete on national television at Minnesota on Wednesday evening. Tune into the Big Ten Network to watch us take on the Gophers at 6 p.m. Thanks again to all our fans for your support. GO HAWKS!
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