Hey, everyone! This is Sarah Holloway, a freshman defensive specialist and libero on the Texas Volleyball team. This year, I've inherited the weekly diary from both Whitney Garvens (who wrote it for the volleyball team in 2003) and from my brother Tillman (who wrote a diary for the UT football team last year). I'll keep you up-to-date on what's happening with the team, both on the court and off. I'll fill you in on our matches and our travels as we go after a Big 12 title in 2004! Check back each week to see what we've been up to! Hook 'em!
It's been another exciting week in Longhorn volleyball! (I know I say that every week, but just being around this team and being part of all the wonderful things we're doing makes it exciting.)
Earlier this week we traveled to Lubbock to play our instate rivals, Texas Tech. As always, we were very excited to protect our state. There is a great amount of pride that comes along with wearing the Texas jersey.
Tech came our strong and brought everything they had onto the court and it was a very intense match. We got off to a slow start, but managed to get into our rhythm and put them away in three.
We headed home and got back to Austin at a decent hour (around 11:30 p.m.). Winning in three games makes all the difference in determining when we get back home, and the earlier we can land back in Austin, the better as far as we're concerned. Sometimes it's hard when we get home really late and have to make it to our 8 a.m. classes the next morning. When that alarm goes off and you've only been in bed for several hours, it's tough to pull yourself up and out of bed.
We finished off an average week of school (no tests!) and worked hard in the gym on Thursday and Friday. After practice on Friday we geared up and headed for Kansas so we could face Kansas State.
Once we arrived in Manhattan, dinner was ready for us at the hotel, and much to our surprise, we got to have beef brisket and rolls with butter...we were all excited for the change! Normally dinner consists of grilled chicken, a potato and salad.
After dinner, it was bed time. Me and "D" (Dariam Acevedo) went back to our room and watched a little of the Presidential Debate between President Bush and Senator Kerry and then fell asleep when it was over.
We knew that our Kansas State match was going to be a tough one for us. They had a lot to defend, including a 21-match home winning streak. We spent all day preparing mentally, watching the Horns play some football and taking naps. By 3:15 (when we sit down to eat our pre-game meal and go over some video for one last time) we were ready.
When we got to the Ahern Field House, the gym was packed with purple. Fortunately we took care of business and came out with another win in three games.
The flight home was a pretty bumpy because of the weather above Oklahoma and northern Texas, and I don't do well in plane rides that aren't smooth. I spent half the flight holding Beth's (Howden) hand, and the other half catching up on some reading for my Children's Literature class. We made the whole trip in one flight, and we got back to Austin around 1 a.m.
It is always nice coming back to Austin from a long road trip with a victory. The Big 12 conference is so tough and right now we are just climbing the mountain, taking it one step at a time to reach our final goal.
I hope to see you all at our next home match this Wednesday when we play Missouri. The crowd was awesome at our last home match (against Oklahoma) and all the support we get really helps us in the match.
As always, Hook'em and God bless!