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Hello W&L Volleyball Blog Fans and Readers!!!

Since this is my very first post, I feel it is only appropriate to start by introducing myself.  My name is Elly Cosgrove and I’m from Wilmington, North Carolina.  I will be an incoming freshman next year and I currently plan on majoring in journalism and mass communications (but honestly this could easily change).  In the future, I’d like to either further my education by attending Law School, or pursue a career in broadcast journalism (once again… this isn’t written in stone).

Now I guess I should fill you in on what has been happening in my life recently in preparation for the big jump from high school to college!  I’ve been on summer break for about a week now, but our actual commencement ceremony was just this past Saturday!  I’m elated to be done with high school, but graduation was definitely a bittersweet day.  Walking across the stage to receive my diploma was pretty great, but I couldn’t help but to reflect on all of the great memories that were made over the past four years.  I feel truly blessed to have been surrounded by such great friends, family, mentors, teachers, and peers throughout my high school career.

Summer has treated me well so far!  Wilmington is located on the coast of North Carolina, so I have been spending a lot of time at the beach and in the sun.  Wrightsville Beach is a local beach that I spend some of my time at, but I spend most of my time on Masonboro Island.  Wrightsville beach can be reached by car or by boat, but Masonboro Island can only be reached by boat (or any other form of water transportation).   Due to its seclusion and the fact that it can only be reached by boat, Masonboro is a favorite spot for many of the locals.  I plan on recovering from an extreme case of senioritis by spending my days fishing, flounder gigging, beach-lounging, working (yuck), boating, and swimming.

I would like to wrap things up by expressing how excited I am to be joining such a great group of girls in the fall.  I absolutely can’t wait to be on campus for preseason!  Maybe I will even see a few of you at camp next month.  August 17th cannot come any sooner!

GO GENERALS!!!

-Elly

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Summer Vibes

“Hey-o, everyone out there in SyberWorld.” (For those of you that aren’t obsessed with The Office as a lot of us are, that ls a Creed quote, aka Petey’s soulmate.)

Summer has been fairly uneventful for me thus far. The first week was really weird for me in terms of adjusting to life away from my pals at school and just living on my own in general, but I am back in the swing of life at home. I definitely have my fair share of withdrawals from school, but it helps that I’ve been heavily keeping in touch with everyone, and have even hung out with a pal from school that also lives in Illinois a few times. ALSO, I literally cannot wait for Peter, Kenzie, and also Cudi to visit me in about TWELVE DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND THEN, after that, it’ll only be about a month and a half left before preseason starts!!!!! (I’m pretty excited if no one could tell, and also thrive on countdowns)

Last night, my family and I went to the USA vs. Poland men’s national teams volleyball game! (And we’re going again tonight) We had a severe cultural identity crisis, as both of my parents grew up in Poland, and my sister and I have been raised the “Polish way.” It was quite the experience, as the entire arena was made up of Polish fans; I literally felt like I was in Poland. I am not kidding when I say the ratio of Polish to American fans was 50:1. Meanwhile, my family was happy to be cheering for both sides. I’ve attached a lot of pictures, oops, because it was a lot of fun and it was amazing to see how athletic those guys are! Also, I was really close to Matt Anderson, and if that’s not an overall win, I don’t know what is.

Until next time,

VKaz

My pal Hoch making his second appearance on this blog after being one of the winners of our 4v4 tournament

My pal Hoch making his second appearance on this blog after being one of the winners of our 4v4 tournament

I tried to capture the red and white of the arena

I tried to capture the red and white of the arena

If you don't take a selfie, did you even go?

If you don’t take a selfie, did you even go?

The Kaz fam trying to be functional

The Kaz fam trying to be functional, Also, notice my Polska shirt and American bandana 

Matt Anderson.

Matt Anderson.

Moving, Moving, Moving

Hello blog-o-sphere!

I hope everyone’s summers have been full of fun, sun, and relaxation! My freshman year came to a close a few weeks ago, and I can safely say that it was one of the best years of my life. There were so many highlights, like winning ODACs, going through rush, and attending formals, but my favorite parts of freshman year were just getting to spend time with my amazing teammates in off-season training, spending hours at dhall, and obsessing with Vicky, Elena, Mansie, and Anna about The Office (which I’ve been watching a little too much of this summer). I can’t believe it’s already over, but I’m so ready for preseason and sophomore year to begin!

This summer, I have been and will continue to do a lot of moving. From moving out of my little dorm in Gaines to helping my brother (who is a rising junior at Wake Forest) move into his dorm for summer, I’m a little tired of boxes and moving vans. However, in just a few weeks my family will be moving to a rental and eventually to our new house! It’s a little bittersweet because of all of the memories I have from our current house (which we moved into in 2000), but I’m also excited for a little bit of change, and I can’t wait to see what our new house looks like! Finally, at the end of summer Elena, Vicky, and I will be moving into our apartment in the Creek!! We’re so excited to live together (along with our friend from the Field Hockey team, Grace!) and pretty much talk every day about decorating haha.

For the rest of summer, I will be taking a Statistics class at a local college four times a week, which should be fun! I’m also supa stoked because In a few weeks I’ll be visiting Vicky and Kenzie in Chicago for a few days!!! I haven’t seen Kenzie since Winter term, since she was tearin it up in Paris for Spring term taking a photography class! It should be super fun being tourist-y in the city, and, at my request, we will be making a trip to see the Bean (…idk). Anyways, I hope everyone has a great rest of their summer!!

Peace, luv, blessins,

Petey

Also, I’ve included some pics for your enjoyment.

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Since we’re moving this summer and trying to trim down our stuff, I’ve had to go through old memory boxes and have stumbled across some of my old masterpieces. This gem is from 5th grade (I believe) and is a self-portrait… lovely

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Last week, while I was going to work out, I saw a family of ducks in our pool! There are a few that have been hanging out in our area these past few months, and there are some that really love our pool for some reason.

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This was a few days ago down at the beach! (I just thought it was pretty lol)

Start of Summer

Hi friends,

So summer has officially started! The past year went by so fast, but was also a year I’ll never forget! Highlights include winning ODACS and getting to go to Italy with Kasey and Mansie. However, it was just in general a fantastic year filled with memories. After the last Friday of spring term I had to say goodbye to all of my senior friends, including volleyball alum Kelly McManus, which kind of sucked. However, I am also super excited for the summer!! This Monday marked the start of my nine week summer internship in Washington DC. I am working for a subsidiary company of Burson-Marsteller, a worldwide public relations and communications firm called Direct Impact. Direct Impact  is a grassroots mobilization firm, bringing a campaign-style approach to more traditional public outreach. The firm has plays a role in many of the major social and policy issues, including taxes, Medicare, defense and trade. This jobs is super exciting because its my first paid job, I get to be in DC for the second summer in a row, and get to explore a side of public affairs that I can see my self working in after I graduate. This Monday also marked the start of our volleyball summer workouts!! Summer workouts are always super fun! Last summer I had the awesome opportunity to workout with Kelly in random places (like next to the Lincoln Memorial or in the George Washington University park), and while this summer I don’t have a friend to do workouts with I look forward to pushing myself even harder. My high school friend who used to play volleyball is also in DC this summer so I’m planning on making her do some workouts with me and play some casual volleyball on the weekends!!

Jenna

A Year in Review

Well, freshman year has finally come to an end, and it is so bittersweet. My first year at W&L could not have been better. It was full of adventures with amazing friends and teammates. During the fall, I experienced my first season as Generals volleyball player. It was a season full of learning and improvement, not to mention winning ODACs was the icing on the cake. My teammates and coaches became my second family. There is so much support in our program that it makes the transition to college so much easier. After fall term was over, Christmas break flew by. I entered into winter term not knowing what to expect, and it was interesting to say the least. There was a tremendous amount of work, but I was also able to experience W&L’s social life in a completely different way. W&L has such a unique culture, and it really sets it apart from so many other schools. However, once winter term came to an end, I went on spring break with my pledge class to Gulf Shores, Alabama. It was by far one of the best weeks of my life. It enabled me to strengthen many of my relationships with my pledge class sisters and also with the fraternity guys that stayed close to us. We spent numerous nights staying up late playing “What are the odds?”, which I found that I was strangely good at. I returned from spring break, and I went into spring term not really understanding why everyone said it was so great. I quickly learned that it is the best part of the year (apart from season of course). I ended up taking a playwriting course and actually learned how to write a decent play. It’s nice to only have to focus on one class and having plenty of free time to finish homework, go to open gyms, and enjoy your friends. Today, I had to leave Lexington for the summer, and I already miss everything about it. W&L has become my home away from home.

XOXO,

Elena

Sup from Ireland

Hey guys,

Can’t believe that we only have one week left of school and that I will officially be a senior in a couple weeks…yikes. I’m currently writing this post from Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland as I chose to take a literature class here for Spring Term! The past 3 weeks have been a total blur but so incredible. We’ve done so much-some of the highlights have been taking Irish Gaelic language classes, getting soaked on the ferry that took us to the Aran Islands, visiting the tower in which writer WB Yeats lived, seeing the Cliffs of Moher, learning traditional Irish step dances and songs on the tin whistle, and eating more fish and chips than I ever have in my life. The most challenging thing we’ve done has definitely been climbing Mount Brandon, the 9th tallest mountain in Ireland (I know that doesn’t sound that impressive, but I’m not a big hiker so I was proud to make it to the top). I’ve also loved getting the chance to just hang out with my classmates and get to know people I would never have met otherwise. We’ve all had a good time braving the constant rain, getting weirded out by how the sun sets at 10 pm, and drinking Guinness in our wool sweaters. I can’t believe I only have 4 more days here, I’m going to miss it so much! I would love to come back one day to visit Dublin, Galway and/or Belfast in Northern Ireland.
However, I’m really excited to get home for the summer and start working towards preseason! I had ACL surgery in the fall and haven’t played volleyball since October 1st, so I am absolutely DYING to get back on the court. I’ve enjoyed the different role of giving feedback and helping my teammates with their performance, but there’s nothing like being in the action with them. More than anything, though, I’m so anxious to see all their beautiful faces and be super weird with them again in August. 1 month away was way too long!
Below are a few pics from the highlights of my trip so far.
Sláinte (Gaelic for “cheers”),
Mansie
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Annual 4 v. 4 Tournament

Hello friends and family! Although there is only one week left of spring term, it has been such an amazing time!  I currently taking a class called the History of Thomas Jefferson, which I need for a humanities requirement.  It has been an interesting class and my roommate Jackie and I are taking it together, which makes it more fun.  Although people have the opportunity to take super cool classes, my personal favorite part of spring term is our annual 4 v. 4 volleyball tournament, which happened on Wednesday!! The volleyball tournament is super fun because we get to see our friends, coaches, and even professors battle it out on the court! This year we had a variety of teams competing.  There was a women’s basketball team, a coaches team, a professors team, and our volleyball seniors and assistant coaches even played.  I was really impressed by the level of competition in the gym, especially from the professors!! It was really fun to watch how competitive everyone became as the tournament went on.  I have also learned that I am terrible at action shots, so please enjoy these semi-blurry pictures.

Here is our lovely seniors, Kelly McManus and Katie Toomb competing with our assistant coaches, Shawn and Christina

Here are our lovely seniors, Kelly McManus and Katie Toomb competing with our assistant coaches, Shawn and Christina.  I am sad to say they did not win the tournament!

Here is a picture of our tournament winners! I have to admit that I was impressed with their skills, especially their blocking!

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This is for you coach!

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Competition in the main gym

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Our 4 v. 4 tournament is such a fun, annual thing that we love to do every year.  It creates such great memories and I can’t wait until next year!

Have a great summer everyone!

Maddy Cutler (Cudi)

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