This past week we played both Oregon schools in Eugene and Corvallis. We had a great win against Oregon State on Thursday night, but unfortunately lost to Oregon on Friday. Although we didn’t play our best volleyball either night, I am very confident that we will take this week of practice to work on our weaknesses and get the rest and treatment we need to be successful this weekend.
The Oregon road trip is one of my favorites throughout the season. Though Washington is my favorite gym to play in (besides Haas, of course), The Valley River Inn in Eugene is my favorite of the numerous hotels we stay in during the season. Among the many reasons I love this hotel is its location on the Willamette River, as well as the cozy lobby with a large fireplace. On Thursday before our match against OSU, Michelle and I rented bikes from the hotel and took an enjoyable spin around the river. Our yearly bike ride is a tradition and used to involve Correy Johnson and Kat Brown. Even though they have graduated, Michelle and I kept the tradition alive and had a great time riding through the parks around the hotel.
Another team tradition is a group game called “Mafia”. Each night, the entire team took part in multiple games around the fireplace. Our team plays this game frequently, and it often gets very heated and loud. In particular, Joan and Lara seem to argue the most, always convinced that the other is a part of the Mafia. The game really brings us closer as a team and uncovers certain strengths and weaknesses in each of us. For example, through the game I have learned that Lindsey is great at being the doctor, but not a very good liar and that Sarah and Michelle are both extremely smart and good at convincing people of things. The game is very fun and even sometimes includes the coaches and Scotty, our equipment manager!
After an enjoyable three-day trip to Oregon, the team flew back to SFO and had a rare two days off. Feeling rejuvenated, we were back at practice again Monday and are already looking forward to this weekend’s matches against Washington and Washington State. As you all may know, this weekend will be Joan and my last time playing at Haas. Although it is bittersweet, we both would like to thank all the Cal fans for the continued support throughout the years. We hope to see you at Friday and Sunday’s game! Go Bears!