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Reading Days 2k14

Hey guys!

So tonight is the last night of Reading Days, which means I’m writing this to procrastinate studying for midterms…jk but not really. Reading Days is essentially fall break at W&L, and we got this past Thursday and Friday off to catch up on work, sleep, and play tons of volleyball. Both years I’ve been here, our Reading Days involved long 10+ hour car rides to Tennessee and Kentucky. But this year, we got to stay within a 4 hour range and didn’t leave the state. As fun as bus rides are, the long ones can get exhausting. This year, we had games in Richmond and VA Beach, and we went 2-1 for the weekend. We had an intense win over Randolph-Macon in 5…the score of the fifth set was 16-18! We fought so hard and it was awesome to come out on top! Coming up, we have senior and Greek night on Tuesday, then two away weekends including one ODAC match and 3 matches against NCAA-ranked teams. We have lots of tough, competitive volleyball ahead of us, and it’s going to be awesome! It’s been an interesting couple weeks for me personally as I recently tore my ACL and meniscus. It’s a bummer not being able to play, but I really like being able to focus more on giving my teammates feedback and helping them get better. I also now watch tons more video with Coach, Taylor and Christina than I used to, and this has upped my volleyball IQ a lot already!

It’s unfortunately time to get back to writing midterm papers. Keep watching us because we’ll be doing big things these next few weeks!

Gennies 4eva,

Mansie

Sophomore Dinner

Hello friends and family!

This week has been the start of midterms and stressful would be the understatement of the year! Luckily I finished my first two exams this afternoon and my evening has consisted of dinner, Grey’s Anatomy, and Scandal. Basically my three favorite things! :) Although this week has been super crazy, the sophomores got to have their annual sophomore dinner where Holly (coach’s wife) makes the most amazing home cooked meal ever and we all get to hang out at Coach’s house! It is one of my favorite nights of the year! This year we had a delicious meatloaf with potato soup (Kenzie’s favorite food) and salad! Not surprisingly, our conversations revolved around mostly volleyball where we discussed our wonderful, painful summer workouts, flashbacks to the beginning of freshmen year, and our recruiting years. It is amazing how many great memories we have already made after only a year of being together!

I am also super excited for this weekend! We are playing Wittenburg and John Carroll, who will be a great challenge for us! We are also going to have a big fan club from all the families in the Midwest. My mom, her friends, and my cousins are going to be in attendance, which is exciting because I haven’t seen them since August! I wish I was more exciting and had fun things to talk about, but my life has revolved around exams, volleyball and food!

Adios amigos!

Maddy Cutler

HC2k14 and more

Hey everyone!

It’s been a while since the last blog post, so I’ll fill you in on all the happenings here at W&L! Since the last blog, we have had 6 games, all of which we have won! We are currently 16-1 overall and 4-0 in conference! Not too shabby of a season thus far! We are in our third full week of school, so it feels like we are finally starting to get in a rhythm. I have my first test of the term tomorrow, so wish me luck! 2 weeks ago was homecoming! As a team, we went and cheered on the football team in a close loss to centre. At the game, Kelly was crowned homecoming queen! Well deserved, indeed. This upcoming week, we play our only game against Shenandoah on Wednesday. This weekend is our first and only weekend without a game! It’s going to be weird not having a game to look forward to after Wednesday, but we will still have a practice and a lift Saturday, so we won’t be short of any volleyball! Here are some pictures from Homecoming!

Ellie and I after finding out Kelly won! Whoo hoo!

Ellie and I after finding out Kelly won! Whoo hoo!

Mary decided she deserved the crown instead of Kelly.

Mary decided she deserved the crown instead of Kelly.

CK, Jenna, and Kosar being divas in honor of HC.

CK, Jenna, and Kosar being divas in honor of HC.

The Homecoming Queen herself! Isn't she pretty?!

The Homecoming Queen herself! Isn’t she pretty?!

Pce, luv, vball,

Kenzizzle

#Lyfe

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

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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)

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(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!

 

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