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!
Hey y'all, it's Bethany Howden! I am helping Holler (Sarah Holloway) out because she has had a lot of tests these last couple of weeks and hasn't much time outside of class, studying and volleyball. I figured I could step in and give a little perspective on our last week.
Last weekend we traveled to Texas A&M for a tough road match. Playing at A&M is always hard because they have a good turnout for our match, and last weekend was no exception. Playing in front of their largest crowd this season, the Aggies played a great match and gave us our first loss of the season. It was hard to take coming from such a rival school.
We immediately had to turn around and get ready for a great Nebraska team coming to see us on Wednesday. We decided to have a little team bonding after the A&M match. Jenny's (Andrew) dad, who is a stellar cook, made gumbo for all of us. We all went over to Jenny's house on Sunday night for a fun team dinner.
On Monday and Tuesday in practice, we focused on regrouping and playing Nebraska. We worked on a lot of the areas that we fell short in College Station, and also worked on areas that we've struggled with in the past against NU.
When the match finally started we came out strong and ready to play with the huge crowd behind us. The band was super loud, the men's swimming team came out to support us by stripping, and even my own roommates dressed up in volleyball attire. (The swimmers usually come to the A&M match, but since they are traveling to a meet the Thursday we play A&M at Gregory, they decided to come to the Nebraska match this year.)
After winning the first two games we were feeling confident headed into the intermission, but Nebraska is a good team and found a way to come back. Eventually, after a tight fifth-game, they took a tough match from us.
This was a very hard loss to take, but as always we are using it a way to learn. Losses are difficult but we would rather take them now and come out with a trophy at the end of the season. We have a feisty K-State team coming to the Forty Acres on Saturday at 3 p.m. We hope all of you come to support us, because the football game doesn't start until 6 p.m.
Until later, Hook'Em -- and don't worry, Holler will be back next week.