Dizdar diary: March 13
UT junior Petra Dizdar checks in this week with another diary entry as the Longhorns hit the road for matches at William & Mary, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.Petra and the Longhorns return home next Monday, March 20 when they take on Notre Dame at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center.
Hello everyone! Welcome to the "Spring Break" edition of my diary.
Spring break has started for the majority of students at UT, and they are off to have some fun and relaxation.For those of us on the UT women's tennis team, it is slightly different.This is the most intense time of our season. Within the next 13 days, we will play against six tough teams, with most of those matches being on the road.
Our road trip this week starts in Williamsburg, Va., where we will play William & Mary. I know it does not sound as exciting as Cancun, Las Vegas, or any other spring break "hot spot", but it is actually pretty cool. It has a "colonial" look to it with lots of small churches, houses and cute little restaurants.
Let me share a detail from our trip.We arrived in Norfolk, Va., on Saturday afternoon and the drive to Williamsburg was quite long, so we expected it to be a very boring ending to a very tiring day. However, we were passing over this bridge and it suddenly went under the ocean. We were shocked to say the least and it was pretty amazing to look back and see ships rather than the highway.
I also ran a little search online (yes, I am nerdy like that sometimes) and found out that this three-mile bridge is called the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel.Also, we saw on the news that one of those huge ships was the USS Theodore Roosevelt bringing sailors home from Iraq, which explains the thousands of people standing on the pier.
Now, let's get back to tennis.We face No. 20 William & Mary on Monday afternoon.
So far, it has been pleasantly warm here, so everything should be just right for the match.
We have worked on improving our doubles play for the past few weeks. We did a lot of mix-matching in order to find the best possible pairs, and we expect to compete in a new doubles lineup.
It is time now for some bonding time at the hotel and indulging in various kinds of sweets that Sparky's (Marija Milic) parents brought down from Toronto! How great are they?
Also, all of our best thoughts go to our coach, Patty Fendick-McCain, who couldn't make the trip with us because she is expecting to deliver her third child any day now. We hope she can hold off on the delivery until we return on Saturday.She promised us she would try!We love you, Patty!
I will be back to keep you informed about our adventures.
Stay happy and positive and we will fight hard this week.