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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!!!)




Hey guys!!

Obviously, this summer has been pretty eventful for us here in Cleveland. It’s great to be relevant in sports again and not as the laughing stock of the nation… Personally, I’ve been loving every second of it even if it may not be because of my favorite athletes. Now my teammates can’t make fun of me for being a Browns fan (well not quite as much… We’ll see how the season goes). I also guess I have to post my obligatory comment about getting Lebron back; I swear I’m not just jumping on the bandwagon now guys but at least the Cavs will be good again this year! I’ve successfully managed to stay away from all Lebron memorabilia just to prove something (not sure quite what yet) but I think that may not hold out much longer. I mean what kind of Clevelander doesn’t show off their Cleveland pride in a form of an obnoxious shirt that everyone hates??

Its hard to believe that in 8 short days we’ll be back in Lexington! I know everyone is super excited to start the season and be together again. Preseason is one of the most fun parts of our season because we really get to know all of our new players since we’re together basically 12 hours a day, everyday for 2 weeks. This year we even got the added bonus of an extra week together thanks to our school schedule! Can’t wait to see all of you guys so soon!




Work Work Work

Hey all!

I’m Lauren, one of the seven new freshman on the team! I’m from Rochester, New York (for everyone who doesn’t know, that’s practically Canada.) It’s safe to say that Washington and Lee will be a little bit of a culture shock for me. If what the girls told me at Marietta camp was any indication, going South is gonna be quite the change. I don’t own any Lily Pulitzer, I’ve never eaten at Chick-fil-a and I didn’t know what Rainbows are (when I hear leather sandals, I think Birkenstocks.) Still, after last week’s camp with Kenzie and the other new Generals, I cannot wait to head down to Lexington, (I leave in 18 days!), and get to work.

Speaking of work, that’s pretty much all I’ve done this summer! I only had six weeks home; my school didn’t graduate until June 28th! Most of my time has been taken up with volleyball workouts, my job at a retirement home, nannying for a family in my neighborhood and my internship at our local hospital. It’s my second summer at the hospital, and I’m working in the observation unit connected to the emergency department. I’ve had the opportunity to work hands-on with patients, and even observe a few doctors in surgery.

I’ve been working hard, but keeping busy has helped the time leading up to my departure fly by! It’s good, because every day I get more anxious to move down. My roommate and I have been talking a lot, and I may have gone a little crazy in planning and decorating for my dorm. (Pinterest: it’s a bad thing.)

The one break in my summer is coming up this week! Thursday I fly down to Orlando to spend four days at Disney with my sister, who works as a Marine Researcher at Epcot. We’re going to all the parks, and she even scheduled us a princess breakfast. We’re both huge Disney nerds, so I’m unashamed to say I couldn’t be more excited. I plan on spending the one day my sister has to work at Universal, checking out the new Harry Potter park! Mary, the Freshman who lives in Orlando, might even be joining me!

I hope this wasn’t too boring! I’ll see you all later!



Some of my friends and I went to a paint rave, hands down one of the weirdest experiences of my life. And the paint was really painful, it stung!


Me, my mom and my sister at our combined grad party! My sister graduated from Syracuse University in May.


The first half of my summer seemed like an endless circuit of grad parties!


My friends and I have gone to the beach a few times, but our beach is small and gross and on Lake Ontario.


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