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And so it begins…

Hello friends!! Al Case checking in here to catch everyone up on my wonderful life at W&L. Classes officially started last Thursday and it’s already been pretty busy for me. I’m taking Genetics, Cognition, Environmental Studies, and Calculus I. I also have a lab to go with my Genetics class and last week we extracted DNA from a crayfish tissue sample. Pretty cool stuff. As of Monday when I turned in all my paperwork, I have officially declared as a Biology and Environmental Studies double major! Woohoo science!!!!! Cognition is also a dope class because it is taught by a visiting Professor who helps out with the volleyball team. Other than classes, I also have a work study at the University Store. It’s super fun to work there as it gives you real retail experience and while you’re at it you get to meet some pretty amazing people 😉 . Wow I don’t know how I didn’t start this blog post out with the fact that I get to live with the one and only Ash Meade in the sorority house this year!! Our room is pretty small so we decided to bunk beds and boy what a time to be alive. I have the bottom bunk for now, but come winter term we’ll switch. Anyways room 213 is a good time with plenty of Zone bars and Candy corn pumpkins to go around! Alright I saved the best part for last— VOLLEYBALLLLLLLL. Hype. The season has been going great so far! We are currently 11-1 and my favorite match so far was probably our win versus Eastern because they were ranked 17th and we all came together to play our own systems very well. Our goal this season is to focus on “this match”, meaning we’re going to emphasize winning just the match we’re playing in at the moment. I think it’s been really helpful in keeping us motivated and driven on and off the court! It’s insane how much everyone has already improved since the beginning of preseason, and I am SO excited for the rest of the season to continue. Also during the season a personal goal of mine is to rank each hotel waffle that we visit during away weekends. So far the waffle from Sleep Inn in Birmingham, Alabama takes the cake. Stay tuned for more waffle updates. In summary, classes are great, my job at the store is lit, Ash Meade is a wonderful bunkmate, and I love volleyball (and food). The End.

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Captain squad for the season! 

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The sexy sophs ARE BACK PEOPLE

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This is the cleanest Room 213 will ever be.

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Hey friends!!

My name is Leah (hope all of y’all know that by now haha.) So a lot of things have happened in the past two weeks as I’m sure you’re all aware! All the frosh got moved into our dorms which was very tiring but also rewarding because all our rooms are absolutely adorable.(: Here are a few pics of mine if you haven’t seen it yet!

After we got settled in, practices got started up. I’m not going to lie- I would’ve been completely lost if our wonderful coaches hadn’t made each of us very handy dandy binders with schedules of the preseason weeks lying ahead of us already planned out. Knowing where we were supposed to be at every time of the day definitely created a great structure for the frosh to get accustomed to which will hopefully prepare us for the “college experience,” as the kids call it nowadays.

The first few days were definitely tough as we all got back in the swing of things, but the D-Hall Captain Crunch, Matty Bobby’s treatments, and our required naps helped to keep us going. We did all kinds of fun things like swimming workouts (pic below) and yoga sessions.

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We’ve met a lot of great friends and have seen it all (like the freshmen field hockey girls piercing their ears in the Gaines Game Room…not the move). Then we got all dolled up for our headshots! Here’s a pic of me and fellow frosh Brynne looking very excited to be repping Generals Blue!

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We finished this day with a wonderful dinner at Coach’s house full of great food and even better company. The next morning was our first and last official scrimmage before our annual Blue and White scrimmage. We played 4 very competitive sets and both sides pulled out 2 of the 4 victories. Here’s some great action shots caught by the lovely Taylor Gibson:

 

Throughout the rest of the week- we laughed, we cried (well only Ash but we’ll let that one go hahaha), and we really bonded as a team. Every year, the frosh are in charge of performing a skit for the rest of the team- and I’m just gonna go ahead and say it- 2017 Frosh were by far the best performers I think this team, and maybe even this school, has ever seen. If you click through the slideshow below you’ll see some lovely snapshots of our puppet show and dance practice for our great performance. If you want to see the full video you can shoot me a text and I’ll be happy to send it to you! (407)-718-4881.

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And now it was Blue and White Scrimmage Day!!!!!!! I must say it was QUITE the match. It was a nail biter 5 setter with a 15-10 finish (GO WHITE!!!!!) Let me tell you- there was sweat, there was blood, there was bruising (peep the seal dive bruise)

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but most importantly-  there was victory for everyone! I’m gonna go out on a limb and say we all got MORE than 1% better! Peep the team photos:

What a good looking squad amiright? The day finished with a little team bonding at Viq’s house and all of our lovely little heads hitting our pillows hard after a hard first week of preseason. Well, that’s all I’ve got folks! Stay tuned to see what happens as we enter into our first 2 weeks of matches!!!!!

Much love, Many laughs, and as always, Go Gennies.

-#1, Leah Green

The Countdown: 4 DAYS TILL MOVE-IN, 6 DAYS TILL PRESEASON

Saving the smartest blogger for last… No seriously guys, I didn’t know about the blog until July. Thank you Courtney btw. I guess I really need to start using Facebook.

With that said… Hello everyone! My name is Brynne. I am a OH from Boone, North Carolina. All the North Carolina people will know that Boone is way up in the mountains. Anyone interested in going hiking, please feel free to road trip to Boone! Seriously, the views are amazing, and only 20 minutes away from my house.

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I have been enjoying my temperate summer on the golf course, on the soccer field (where I do my agility), and in the weight room. This summer I got a job in the cafe at the golf course.I cater events, but even better I get to drive the beer cart. It is probably the best job ever. I get to drive around a concession cart and sell drinks and snacks to people on the golf course. Naturally, I get hit on by a bunch of old men, but I make great tips haha:) A couple of my favorite comments were: “We don’t want to buy beer, we just want to talk to you” and “Here’s a dollar cause you’re pretty” and a lot more…

One of my favorite parts of this summer was my family trip to the Dominican Republic. We stayed at an all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana. We went snorkeling, swimming, and mostly laid on the beach or by the pool. I also got to practice my Spanish. The food was so good, and I tried passion fruit for the first time!

My other favorite part of summer was camp. I can’t tell you how excited I am for move-in day. I’m not lying when I say I started buying things for my dorm room in December. Not only am I excited to be in Lexington again, I’m excited to be back on the court with all of you. I’ll see you guys in 4 days!!!

Brynne Gould #24

Three weeks!!!

Hi y’all!!

My name’s Riley Haralson and I’m a soon-to-be freshman setter from Austin, Texas! So far this summer for me has been about soaking up as much of Austin as I can before I leave with trips to the lake with friends, eating tacos, and going to Zilker park with my dog, Boone. I’ve fit in a few trips out of Texas here and there, starting off with Paris in June which was probably the coolest experience ever.

Vacations with the Haralson’s are no relaxing event, we get up early and go to bed late. At the end of everyday in Paris when we checked our steps, there would always be no less than 20,000 taken and about 40 flights climbed per day. I think at the pace we were moving, we visited every major monument there is to see Paris. ALSO, we went to the French Open, which was such a once in a lifetime thing and IT WAS SO COOL.

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Next in July was a trip to Lexington for camp! This, sadly, has left with me with post-camp depression. I wanted to move in right away rather than drive to the airport. Finally meeting everyone in my class and being back in the gym has just about tripled my increasing excitement for pre-season!! THREE WEEKS!! Lastly, I sneaked my way on to a trip to Southern California where my cousin was going to play in the junior olympics for water polo. It is a sport I am very much not familiar with, so it was four days of confusing whistles and boys trying to drown each other. However, I got to get out of the 100 degree weather in Texas and see some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world!!

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So far 10/10 summer all around, but I just can’t wait to finally be in VA!!!!

-Riley Haralson #23

Summer in San Diego!!!!!

Hi friends!!! Okay, let me just quickly preface this post with the warning that you are about to see A LOT of exclamation marks throughout this thing. I will try my hardest to refrain but it will be such a struggle since I have been anxiously awaiting my turn to blog since the day I posted my last one and also it’s officially one month from the day I leave for preseason so anyways, happy times are a-comin’!

Before then though, I’ll continue enjoying my summer in San Diego :)) This summer, I’ve been living in SD (the best city in the best state in the nation, besides Lex) conducting research on reproductive neuroendocrinology at UC San Diego. It’s been an incredible blessing– I get to live with my grandparents, see my family almost every weekend when they visit, enjoy the awesome beauty that is the Pacific Ocean, and talk to people who understand how to describe freeways (ask Coach– it’s THE 5 freeway, not “5 interstate” or whatever people in Lexington/everyone else in the nation think it is). My typical work day is essentially 9-5 and involves animal work (dissecting and slicing mouse brains for analysis and staining of neurons, putting ear tags on mouse for identification purposes, performing mouse surgeries, etc) and other lab techniques like DNA genotyping. My favorite is definitely the ear tagging we do because it’s essentially like putting earrings on mice and for some reason, I think it’s the cutest and most exciting thing!! I’d definitely say though that my least favorite part is when we have to collect blood from the mouse’s eye because eyes scare me and blood coming out of them is basically nightmare-inducing BUT let me tell ya, W&L volleyball follows you everywhere because I had to learn to embrace the challenge and become “comfortable being uncomfortable” (things we promote in our program) so I finally did my first mouse eye-bleed the other day and it was hype!!!

Anyways, other than work, I’ve been working out in the UCSD gym (lonely without my lifting partner and all my pals), kayaking, beaching, Spikeballing, reading, going to Padres games, and eating all the Mexican and seafood Southern California has to offer! Considering this is my last undergraduate summer (WHAT THE HECK HOW), it has been an absolutely incredible experience. Although it’s been such a joy though, I can’t wait to be back in the Gennies gym with all my friends in one month!!

Love from CA,

KV

OH P.S. Tomorrow I get to get brunch with a W&L volleyball alum (named Lauren aka Rudy) in L.A. who used to play with Coach Taylor so I’m super pumped!! I’ve gotten dinner with her before and she was a neuroscience major as well so it’s pretty cool to get to hang with her and connect about things like our program, research, California, etc. :))

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I couldn’t pick one picture of the beauty I get to see each day, so here’s 4!!

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Kayaking the open ocean waters of La Jolla

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Some of the fam on one of their visits :)) (The baby is my 9-month-old nephew and getting to see him more often is the happiest)

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Slicing little mouse brains

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I’ve gone to 4 Padres games so far and intend on going to more… Convinced we are World-Series-bound next year!!!! (for people who may not know though, we are actually currently one of the worst teams in all of baseball so it’s been fun)

Happy Almost 4th!

Hello, all!

My name is Madeline Ferguson and I will be an incoming freshman this fall.  I am from San Antonio, TX and play primarily middle hitter.  It’s the beginning of July and I cannot believe that camp is in just two weeks!  Until then, I hope everyone has a happy 4th of July!  My family and I plan on staying at our lake house and watching the fireworks, which are always my favorite part.

For camp, my family will be taking a semi-road trip to Lexington where we will fly to Atlanta and drive from there.  We plan on exploring North Carolina, Virginia, and then Tennessee.  We have some fun stops planned along the way, but I am most looking forward to camp where I will get to meet the other incoming freshman and play some volleyball!

As far as my summer, I have been keeping up with my summer workouts, reading The Art of Mental Training, spending time with my friends, and working.  During the week, I work at a daycare in the infant room, and it has been so much fun!  Aside from the poopy diapers and babies constantly throwing up on me, I really enjoy it.  Also, the two ladies I work with are a hoot and a half.  They always have me entertained with their stories and abundance of wisdom they hope to shower me with before I go to college.  Most days I am with the cute little babies, but other days I have to work in the room of terror, AKA the 1-2 year old room.  At this age, they are extremely messy and loud, and they enjoy biting, hitting, kicking, and throwing mulch.  All fun stuff.  Although I love my job immensely, the experience has reassured me that I do not want to have kids for a long, long time.  Spending one day in the 1-2 year old room is all the birth control a girl needs :).

I am really looking forward to seeing everyone in August, and I hope y’all have a safe and happy 4th!

-Madeline Ferguson, #21

Happy Father’s Day and Happy Summer!

Hello and Happy Father’s Day to everyone reading this, but especially to the dads! Shout out to my awesome dad who is my biggest supporter 🙂 My name is Courtney Berry and I’m one of six freshmen who will be coming to W&L in the fall. I’m a middle hitter from Charlottesville, VA, so not too far from Lexington, and I’m so excited to be a General!

Since not a lot is happening in regards to practices or games, I’ve decided to update you all on my summer so you can get to know me better! For the past two weeks and until the end of June I am nannying for my neighbors 10 hours a day — it’s a lot! There are three girls, 1, 4, and 7 years old, and I have changed more diapers in the past two weeks than I have in my entire life. They’re pretty darn cute and we’ve had some fun adventures including the playground and peach picking.

On the weekends I’ve been chilling with friends at Smith Mountain Lake, listening to country music, and doing some reading. I have been reading The Art of Mental Training, which is a book that the whole team is reading together to improve our mental toughness on the court. It has definitely been an interesting read so far and I hope to put the mental skills to use this fall! Otherwise my time has been spent hanging out with friends and working out. We have a workout program that Coach gave us to do over the summer, and it has felt great to work hard to get stronger! I’ve been playing sand volleyball with friends, as well as binge watching the Bachelorette, my guilty pleasure.IMG_2550

During the month of July I will be counseling at camp for a month and then off to W&L for preseason! I can’t wait! Have a great rest of your Father’s Day!

Courtney Berry, #20