Sept. 8, 2008
Welcome to the first week of Kickin' it with Kisner. Each week I plan on updating y'all on the events and happenings in Texas Volleyball.
Last weekend, we traveled to Las Cruces, N.M. for the New Mexico State Tournament. The tournament consisted of five quality teams: Houston, New Mexico State (NMSU), Utah, Florida Gulf Coast, and of course, Texas. Our first match was against the Utah Utes on Thursday afternoon. The stadium at NMSU held approximately 7,000 people, and our match had about 200 fans, so you can imagine the atmosphere. We came out of the gates fast and were able to create our own energy in such a big arena.
After the game, we hopped on the bus headed back to the hotel for dinner and some R & R. I, along with some of the other girls on the team, was fortunate enough to have my parents come to support us and we got to hang out with them for a couple of hours before we had lights out.
I roomed with Juliann Faucette on this trip, and one problem we had was trying to figure out what time to set our phones, since they didn't automatically change to the Mountain time zone. After solving that little issue, we used the wake-up call to meet the team downstairs for breakfast and then we were off to an early morning practice from there.
That night, we faced off against NMSU on its home court. Going into the game, we were excited to face a very good team in front of its home crowd. It was a great experience for our team going into an environment that was extremely loud with a very supportive fan base and hecklers. I believe it not only prepared us for future away games, but gave us valuable experience that we need to be more mentally tough. We opened the game strong and held our focus throughout the entire match. Being a libero and the second line of defense, our block did a great job. They had some incredible blocks and made it easy to play behind. Furthermore, I believe through each game we play in our non-conference season that we are growing more confident in playing with each other and building that trust. It was a fun match and definitely one from which we can grow.
Our match ended just in time to go watch some Texas Football. We walked across the street to this restaurant called Farley's where we cheered on our football team with friends and family. Congrats on the win, football.
Come join us this coming Thursday when we take on Texas State here at Gregory Gym at 6:30 p.m. We also play a doubleheader on Friday against Houston at noon and Georgia at 6:30 p.m. in the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational. Can't wait to see y'all there.