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Impromptu Abroad Update

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So even though I’m technically blogging out of turn I just couldn’t wait any longer because I recently fulfilled a lifelong dream/goal. A couple weeks ago I went to Hogwarts. That’s right, you can now cue the jealousy and disbelief. Alnwick Castle is located in Northumberland, England and was the site for filming the first 2 Harry Potter movies. Anyone who knows me knows how completely and irrationally obsessed I am with HP (I’ve read each book 9 times and the 5th book a couple more times because it’s my favorite to just put things in perspective). To just add onto the goal fulfilling, I also got the chance to take broomstick flying lessons!! Even though I was the oldest person there by about 10 years that didn’t discourage me in the slightest. I am now a professional and will be more than happy to teach anyone who I feel possesses the unique talent. A picture that confirms my new magical abilities is below.

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Also, I can’t contain my excitement because I officially booked my tickets and will be back in LexVegas May 21st! I can’t begin to describe how excited I am to be reunited with the entire team! Even though I’ve had the best time ever abroad, 5 months away from my best friends and volleyball was too too hard!

Mar sin leat,

Nanners

Finals Week Is Upon Us

HELLOOOOOOO FRIENDS!

Unfortunately, this post finds us fresh out of spring season. We had our last practice just over a week ago and I can definitely say I’m going through volleyball withdrawal. Spring season was PHENOMENAL. Everyone improved so much in so many different areas, it just mind blowing how fast everyone improved. As if spring season coming to an end wasn’t bad enough, we are currently all prepping for finals week. Luckily, our team is all supa smart and everyone is going to crush their finals before being able to hit the road for SPRAAAAAANG BREAKKKKKKK.  I’m heading back to the good ol’ mitten to prepare for my trip to Paris, where I will be studying abroad this spring. I know I will suffer from some serious FOMO while abroad, but I know Ellie and I are going to absolutely slay the streets of Paris. I know what you all are thinking and, yes, we will continue to get swole even while overseas, dontcha worry about it. Sorry to keep this short, but writing this post is my way for procrastinating for my finals so I better get back to the study grind. Meanwhile, enjoy these pictures I made for my design class of some of the lovely members of our team.

PCE, LUV, VBALL,

Kenzie “MackDaddy” Shand

Kasey oh so perfectly passing a ball

Kasey oh so perfectly passing a ball

Jenna about to unleash her nasty serve

Jenna about to unleash her nasty serve

Lauren crushing one

Lauren crushing one

hi Coach!

hi Coach!

Getting Fancy and Fun

Hello everyone!!

So Fancy Dress was this weekend! It’s an annual event at W&L that is essentially the equivalent of prom. It was incredibly fun! It was funny/cool seeing everyone on the team look gorgeous, as opposed to our usual workout attire in the gym. (Not that we don’t look gorgeous working out) But it was definitely a highlight of my year here thus far. It’s crazy to think that we only have two weeks left of this term and then four weeks of spring term. Time clearly flies when you’re having fun!

Time also flew by when it comes to our spring season. It’s CRAZY to think that we only have two practices left. Spring season has been incredibly productive, and it’s so awesome how much improvement everyone has made throughout this month. It makes me and everyone else super super excited for the fall and for our next season to begin! Luckily for us, we’ll still have open gyms and lifts after our spring season officially ends on Tuesday.

XOXO,

Vicky

(P.S. I just started watching Gossip Girl on Netflix today which should explain the signature there)

Fancy Dress 2015 Group

Cuddy, Kasey, Me, Jenna, Elena, Sam, and our pal Lizard looking fancy for Fancy Dress

In the Swing of Spring

Helloooo everyone!!

Spring Season has been awesome! I had heard a lot of good things about it from the upperclassmen, but now I know exactly what they were talking about. Spring season is fantastic because A) it means we get to get back to playing volleyball (yay), B) really focus on honing certain technical skills and try new things, and C) we get SWOLL in the weight room. It’s been so cool seeing all of our hard work we put in in the weight room and conditioning workouts transfer to our play on the court now. Unfortunately, we only have 3 more spring practices with coaches and it flew by way too fast. :( However, we really took advantage of the 16 practices we were allotted to grow as individuals and as a team and I can’t wait for next season when we’ll see all of this hard work in full motion!

Besides volleyball, spring also brings a lot of other super cool things. First of all, I am definitely a HUGE fan of the weather that has arrived in Lex. Winter was exciting with all the snow, but the 60 and 70-degree weather we’ve been having is perfect. Along with weather, spring brings exciting activities, like fraternity and sorority formals, Fancy Dress (which is this weekend!!), and extra time to hang out with friends :)

Last weekend for example, Lauren and I attended a fraternity formal together in Charlottesville and I also went out to sushi/a movie(“Insurgent”-which rocked) with Kenzie and Cudi on Saturday in town. So, without being in the gym everyday with each other and travelling to matches most weekends, we definitely find ways to still hang out and have fun.

But anyways, formal and a night out on the town were definitely a great time and allowed me to take my mind off of classes for a while. We only have four more weeks of winter term and life is getting pretty busy (I also start giving tours for the school this Friday so that should be fun!).  can’t wait to see what Spring Term brings soon, though– I’ve heard sooo many good things about it!

I also can’t wait for my first Fancy Dress this weekend!! Ahhh I looveee spring! :)

Love y’all,

Katie Volk :)

Literally never gets old.

Literally never gets old.

Frat formal with Lauren!!

Frat formal with Lauren!!

Spring Season and Other Shenanigans

Hi Friends!

We are over a week into Spring Season! Even with a few run ins with the sides of the net (I got to show off an intense battle wound during my sorority formal) and even one snow day, Generals Volleyball is off to a great start! Spring practices are a little different. We only practice a few times a week for only two hours. We also condition as a team. We are only allowed a certain amount of time in the gym with the Coaches so we have to make the most of it. Since we don’t have to prepare for any games, it is a great time to focus on the fundamentals, and even try a few new things. The middles have had a blast filling in for some absent pins (we miss you Anna!).

Aside from volleyball, Winter Term is in full swing. I recently declared my US History Major and Education Minor. I love both my advisers, and I am so excited to start focusing on the subjects I truly enjoy. I have always loved history, but I never would have taken an education class had it not been for Allison Rouse, a senior on the volleyball team last year when I was a freshman. She was part of the program and encouraged me to take a class. I learned so much about the history of education and the many problems that exist today. It definitely inspired me to seriously consider a career in education.

I have also been busy with sorority activities. In October I was elected the Pi Beta Phi New Member Coordinator for this year’s pledge class. I am in charge of helping them integrate into sorority life and preparing them for initiation. It has been a great experience, and I’ve learned a lot about leadership in the process. Being on the volleyball team definitely prepared me for my position. But the best part has been organizing Big Little pairings. We just had our big little week and I had SO much fun decorating my littles’ rooms—I have twins! It was a lot of crafting, but everything turned out really well. The best part was reveal when my entire sorority family and I hid in our house mom’s bedroom while our littles raced around the house to find us. It took them a while, but they finally found us.

Clearly, I’ve had a lot to do, but I am so excited because my Mom comes to Lexington tomorrow! She is stopping by for a night on her way to a mini college reunion. Even though I was home about 2 weeks ago, I can’t wait to see her! It’s also a great excuse to eat in town.

Until next time!

Ellie (aka EDubs)

Feb Break!

Hey y’all!

Unfortunately, today is the last day of a much needed February Break. After having 4 midterms in one week, I could not wait for this break! I spent half of the break back home in Philly and the other half back in Lexington. It was a great mixture of relaxation and fun with friends. I split my time amongst catching up on much needed sleep, watching Netflix, eating yummy food at home, working out, and catching up with friends. My mom even came down to visit me in Lexington for the end of break as well which was awesome. I love when my parents come into town because that is a guaranteed delicious meal (or two or three meals) out in town!

Although I am bummed that break is ending, I could not be more excited that spring season begins TOMORROW!!! I cannot wait to get back on the court with my teammates and coaches. Spring season is always a blast, and it is exciting to see everyone improve so much in such a short amount of time. This is when we all see our hard work during lifts and conditioning start to pay off.

PTBAG,
Kasey

Woah, two blogs in one day……

SO…. As Vicky already said yesterday was her b-day!!! She is now older and wiser which will probably result in her being even more sassy than she was before…. love ya vick. Yesterday me and Petey took her to Charlottesville to get out of the lovely LexVegas for a pedicure and a movie!! It was so much fun to get out of Lexington for a little bit. Living on the W&L campus is definitely more of a small town feel, so sometimes its nice to make the hour drive to escape to a big city (with a mall, chipotle, chick-fil-a, you name it). So we had a very nice Galentines day in Cville.

As vicky also said we spent the day at the ASPCA today. It was so fun to see all the adorable puppies and kittys. However, dog walking was quite the struggle for me as I got a few rowdy pups that pretty much dragged me around and chased me. But, it was so great to spend a day with the team it reminded me of being back in season. It seems like just yesterday it was fall season and now we are about to start spring season! Our open gyms have been getting me so excited for when we get back and officially start spring season.

Since I can’t fully participate yet after my shoulder surgery back in November (fingers crossed the doctor will clear me to play over feb break) me and Mansie (who is also injured) have been watching open gyms. It’s so crazy how much you notice just watching your teammates play and the amount of technical things you notice so much more clearly. I truly have learned so much from Mansie and admire how dedicated she has been to the team these past few months while she has been out with her injury. I think I can speak for her when I say that the entire team has just made me feel so loved and cared for since my injury and I honestly can’t imagine getting through it without them. They are always looking out for me and are the absolute best. I just love how dedicated each and everyone of our teammates is and even if I am playing or sitting on the sidelines I cannot wait for this spring season to start and see what this team can do!! Hope everyone has a safe and fun break and that everyone had an amazing V-day!!

P.S. here are some pics of me drugged up after surgery, and then some more pics of puppies cause like yeah, and a pic of me wearing the pedicure shoes to Starbucks… people judged but whatevaaa

xoxo,
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