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Hey everyone!

It’s absolutely crazy how quickly time has been going by here in Lexington. We have played 11 games already, with our 12th being today! (We’re 10-1 YAY!) It seems like not too long ago that we were just starting preseason, and now we are in the first full week of classes!

It’s definitely been a fun past few weeks. We had three weeks of preseason, which was so much fun and it was also super productive. I got the chance to really get to know my teammates (whom I love a lot!!!), and we also worked super hard in the gym to get 1% better every practice. Last week was O-Week, so all of the freshman learned a lot about the school and we met lots of new people!

Basically, I’m really enjoying things in Lex all around. It’s definitely a different culture for me, coming from the midwest, but I’ve really had a lot of fun learning about the different things people do here in the south. Like monograms are not a thing in Illinois, but everyone here seems to have one, and I had never heard of Lilly or Rainbows before coming here! I’m also absolutely loving the weather. It has been so much warmer than it would be back home at this time and I am completely okay with that. People here keep telling me that I have an accent though, and I absolutely refuse to believe that because clearly people from Chicago don’t speak any differently than normal! (We might say our a’s a little differently, but that’s not considered having an accent…)

- Vicky


I had to add in a classic Colonnade picture

Freshies minus Lauren and Hannah during Convocation

Freshies minus Lauren and Hannah during Convocation

Surviving Gilliam

Ahhhh, hello everyone!! I can’t believe PreSeason is practically over already. Three weeks straight of volleyball all day, every day is every volleyball player’s dream and it flewww by! It’s been awesome getting to know everyone and we’ve all gotten so close already. I’ve especially had time to really get to know my fellow freshmen and I loovee them. I’ve been spending a lot of time in their dorm rooms in “Hotel Gaines” to escape the wild terrain that is known as Gilliam. I was the only girl living in Gilliam (and the only person on my floor) for about 2 1/2 weeks and am proud to say I love my dorm. Yes, maybe my fellow freshmen have AC, common rooms on every hall, flat screen TVs, game rooms, Netflix TV hookups, and new showers, but I can title my Blog Post “Surviving Gilliam” and get to sleep on a bed that is 10 feet high!

Anyways, these past three weeks have been incredible. I am still adjusting to the random thunderstorms and ridiculous humidity (YES GUYS, THIS IS HUMID TO ME), but other than that, I already feel as if I’ve been here for months. This weekend was our W&L Invitational and we SLAYED it. We won all four of our games and I really saw all of the work we put in at practice translate onto the court. I can’t wait to get back into the practice gym tomorrow!

In other news, my family visited this weekend and my brother and his wife LOVED the campus. They had never seen W&L before and were taken aback at how beautiful the campus is. I mean, just check out these awesome photos! After three weeks of walking around, I can tell that the campus views will never get old.

Also, Orientation Week started yesterday and today was our first Lee Chapel event! I have to include this pic of Elena, Vicky, and me from this morning because it is literally the first time we’ve worn anything besides Nike shorts (Norts..?) and T-shirts for the past 3 weeks. We have more events tonight and tomorrow, as well, to meet other freshmen and then classes officially begin on Thursday!

It was a fantastic preseason and I am sooo pumped to see what Season holds for the Gennies this year!

Go Blue!

~Katie Volk aka Polly Pocket (which apparently is my new nickname because I am small I guess)

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First Tournament of the Year!!!!

Hi friends!!!
We just finished our first tournament at Christopher Newport University! We went three and one—only losing to CNU on the first day. We improved so much in just two days—I cannot wait to get back in the gym on Monday. But first, a well-deserved day off! Since classes start so late this year (Sept 11th!) we still have about a week and a half of preseason.

The first tournament of the year has become one of my favorites. Not only is it the first time we get to compete as a team, but we also don’t have to worry about anything except volleyball. We don’t have any homework or studying to do, so the bus ride is a perfect time to catch up on some Netflix (if you’re not like me and have an account), watch some practice video, or snuggle with a teammate. There is always at least one embarrassing photo war in our group text. You are never safe from pictures on our bus, especially when you’re sleeping. Jenna also made us some yummy banana and chocolate chip muffins, but they definitely did not last long.

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Everyone has their own way of sleeping on the bus

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Mary and Vicky snuggling (technically they’re faking, but they made me promise to put it on the blog)

After about three and a half hours, we arrived in Newport News ready to compete. One of the best things about having such a big team this year is how loud we are during games. Whether we are playing on the court or cheering from the sidelines, we are all extremely loud. We got warned a few times by the refs not to cheer too close to the court, but we always love to toe the line.
I had so much fun this weekend! I cannot wait for Friday when we have our first home tournament!

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Traditional team pic from the first tournament

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Club Cheatin’–just for Coach! (if you’re curious about the story behind this, you should definitely email Coach)

(Proud to be a General)
Ellie or E-Dubs as Coach Taylor has started to call me

Get Well Soon Matty Bobby!

When our trainer suddenly fell ill and missed a few days of preseason, we created a video for him. Not only does it highlight how much we appreciate and love everything he does for us, but it also shows our team in our finest and most awkward moments. Also Coach Taylor is an awesome editor. Thankfully Matt is better and back to take care of us!


Annual Blue/White Scrimmage

Hey everyone!

So every year during preseason, we have a blue/white scrimmage. The team splits into two teams and we play against each other. It always super fun and very competitive! The blue/white scrimmage has become a tradition for the Generals volleyball team and something every player looks forward to. It is always fun to put everything we have been learning and working hard at during preseason into action in a game-like setting. This year I was on the white team and we won!! Woohooo!

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After the scrimmage, the entire team got together at Jenna’s house and played some games. We played Cards Against Humanity, which is one of my favorite games, and Jenna made delicious cookies fore everyone. It’s always fun to hang with each other outside the gym and be super weird and goofy!

After another very successful blue white scrimmage, I am super excited to get back in the gym! We have one more week before we leave for our first tournament at CNU. This preseason has been amazing so far and I can’t wait to start playing other teams!!

Go Gennies!


Pre- Season!!!!!!

Hello folks!
Yes it is that time of year again… Preseason has begun!!!! I cannot believe that tomorrow is our blue and white scrimmage! Time has really flown by. We have met our new amazing freshmen that are legit the coolest people like ever!! It’s so strange to think that we are finishing the first week of preseason tomorrow! I am super excited for our scrimmage tomorrow I will be representing TEAM WHITEEEE yeeeeeee. So between two a day practices and amazing workouts (which include a wide variety ranging from yoga to pool workouts to our infamous lifts) the team has really come together and bonded. Like tonight we had the “rookie skit” where we were all greatly entertained by the freshman in a funny skit based on three people at a yoga class/jazercise?. It was pretty awesome lol. So right now is pretty much the best time of the season because we get to focus on vball 24/7 with no other crazy distractions like school and friends.. ugh this is livin the dream… wish it didn’t have to end!! But the good news is that it won’t be ending any time soon! Soo im just so happy to have been having all this amazing time with my teammates and coaches and am super pumped for our first road trips because we all know how legendary those are…. Alright well I am going to head to bed and get ready for our game tomorrow! May the best team win!!! (and by that I mean the white team, duh)

a spirit of Arabian folklore, as traditionally depicted imprisoned within a bottle or oil lamp, and capable of granting wishes when summoned.)))


Thought yall would enjoy that.
xoxo Sam

End of Summer

Hi Friends!

So I can’t believe that summer is already over and that preseason is starting in 3 DAYS!!!! I couldn’t be more excited to be with everyone again and get this season started! This summer however, was so much fun and I’ll be sorry to see it go. I lived and worked in Lex this summer for my adviser. I was doing neuroscience research (and getting paid woop woop!). My research project was to look at if facial nerve cuts in hamsters resulted in abnormal taste bud formation in the circumvallate papilla  on the side of the cut. Overall, I really enjoyed my research however, having to (humanely) kill the cute little animals is the actual worst. It was so awesome to be working with my favorite teacher doing research that I love, and on top of that, getting paid for it! It’s bittersweet that it’s ended but I still get to continue my research during the fall.


This little hammy is my favorite (and the chubbiest) one!

I can’t wait to see everyone so soon and get back into the swing of season (AKA the best time of year!!!)





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