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Sprang Turm

Hello Blog Readers,

I come to you from one of the most magical times of year, and I am not talking about Christmas. We are here to talk Spring Term, or as I like to refer to it as “Sprang Turm”, because it really is one of the most glorious inventions. With 4 weeks full of one class, plenty of formals, sunshine, open gyms, lifts, and conditionings, it is hard to go wrong this time of year. It started off strong with Alumni Weekend, in which I was reunited with one of my best friends who graduated last year and celebrated such reunion with a swift swing off of a rope into the Maury river (highly recommended).

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Here is me being guided by my friends to ensure my safe exit from the tree

The following week, Apollo Ohno came to visit and shared his experiences at the Olympics and just exactly how he got to where he was today. It was super interesting to hear how he got started in and maintained the passion for the sport he loves! Athletes were allowed a special one hour Q&A with him in which we could ask him whatever we wanted. It’s one of many perks of being an athlete here!

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Apollo Ohno in the flesh

We then went on a team hike that week that was about an hour an a half up to the House Mountain Saddle. Although the weather wasn’t great, I think we can all agree that we would’ve taken that over 90 degrees and sunny as it was a pretty steep climb all the way up. It was a great workout and a great time with teammates!

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If you didn’t take a picture, did you even really do it?

That weekend, my friends and I packed up my car and went tubing down the Maury. Our friend Jordan had just returned from a 9 month study abroad trip in Japan, so we wanted to make sure we reacquainted him with LexVegas the right way. Unfortunately for us, it was like taking an ice bath after all the rain we had gotten that week but I can’t argue a nice recovery and a solid time with pals after a long week of workouts and class. It was so much fun having our entire crew from freshman year be reunited again, although I am surprised we can still stand each other after having lived next door to each other for 9 months.

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I wasn’t helpful in the deflating process, so I took a selfie instead

This past weekend the nice weather was celebrated with lots of friends and beach wear, which was a good way to cap off the last weekend of the 2016 school year. I still can’t believe how fast this is all going, and I know these next two weeks are going to be really hard saying goodbye to some of my best friends for the past 3 years, but all of them are on their ways to rocking the real world. Mansie will be working in DC, CK will be going to grad school at Duke, Kasey will be rocking it in NYC, Jenna will be taking some time off at home then (fingers crossed!!!) relocate to nearby DC, and Anna will be doing some crazy research in Pitt. Can’t wait to see how these ladies lives change over the next year!

 

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Suns out guns out, even for graduated members of the volleyball team

 

Until next time, Blogosphere.

KShand

Spring Term Best Term

Helloooooooo friends!!

I am writing smack dab in the middle of the best term of the year! Okay well arguably fall term is the best since that’s season, but there’s just something about spring term that makes everything seem so amazing. This is our 4-week final semester of the year, in which we only take one class and really get to delve into the subject matter and material for the course. It’s awesome because you only have one class to focus on, the weather is absolutely beautiful

, and you have so much more free time to spend with friends:) This spring term I’m taking a class to prepare me for my summer research I will be conducting in good ole’ LexVegas on obesity and its effects on reproduction. So anyways, I’ve just been hanging out with obese rats for a few weeks now, trying to get those work study hours in when I can, hanging out with friends, and gettin’ SWOLE in the weight room (or at least I’d like to think so.)

We are currently on our last phase of our off-season spring training and even though Spring Season ended officially at the beginning of April, I still get to ball out with my pals during open gyms twice a week and get to condition and lift with them as well.:) In addition to this, we just had another successful 4v4 Spring Term volleyball tournament last night! Every Spring Term, we put on a 4v4 tournament for anyone to enter (unfortunately, current Gennies vball players can’t form teams but we get to ref and laugh or cheer or whatever for the teams playing). This year, we had 13 teams play and it was an awesome time! We raised a solid amount of money to go towards food, lodging, and the like for next year as well as got to interact with the W&L community as a whole and get our name out there (woohoo!). So an awesome annual tradition and definitely one of my favorites.

Besides that, I’ve just been hanging out, soaking up the beauty that is Lexington springtime, trying out the new restaurants popping up in town (Blue Phoenix Cafe is a new favorite), and going to whatever event I can make it to. Tonight, Kenzie and I went to see Apolo Ohno (YES I KNOW THE OLYMPIC SHORT TRACK SPEED SKATER) speak in Lee Chapel and ahhh it was so cool. I’ve actually watched Apolo skate in two different Olympic Games in person (Salt Lake and Vancouver) so seeing him speak at my school was just absolutely awesome. He even met with athletes earlier in the day for a meet-and-greet, which I had to miss since I had lab at the time, but Kenzie got a picture with him, so even though I am admittedly extremely jealous, I am planning on having her send me the picture so I can crop myself into it somehow.

Anyways, sophomore year spring term has been amazing so far and I can’t wait to finish out strong!

See you guys later,

KV

Spring Break on the West Coast

Hey y’all!

Finals are over and spring break is here! Like junior year of high school, my third year at W&L has been hard. I was extremely happy to be done with winter term. I finished all my papers, projects, and exams early so I could join my family in California for a long overdue vacation. My oldest brother’s job sent him to Australia to work in their Sydney office, and I had not seen him in over a year! It was so nice for all five of us to be together again.

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Missed this goofball

While I’ve heard Coach Taylor, Jenna, and KV talk about how much they love the West coast, I was skeptical of a place that refers to a highway as “the” 101. It’s still incorrect, but I will say California is beautiful! My parents and I drove up the coast from LA to St. Helena and the views were amazing! Once I got over the fact that we were traveling north and the water was on my left, it was mesmerizing to watch the waves.

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Last day in San Francisco. Quincy showed us his rowing club (He was on the crew team at Dartmouth and refused to give it up) and I met someone whose brother went to W&L. She also had an uncle who was a professor too!

However, once we picked up my brothers it was a little squished in the car. As the youngest and shortest in the family, I’ve always been the one to sit in the middle seat or in the way back of cars. But at 21 years of age I’m definitely not as small as I once was. **Insert sassy comment from Coach or a teammate: “Dubs, you were never small.”** Which of course, is true. But compared to the rest of the family, I’m still the smallest and most flexible. In the end I claimed the unfolded seat in the third row of the rental car (basically the trunk) with all the luggage. Needless to say, I was always glad to reach our destination. But it was definitely worth it. With two brothers introducing themselves to strangers by saying they live in San Francisco and New York, the five of us aren’t together as often as we used to be when we were all in school.

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The siblings: Darbs, Dubs, and Darby

Of course, it wouldn’t be break if I didn’t stop by Savannah to see the animals. Nothing beats coming home from school and being attacked with slobbery kisses from a seven year old yellow lab puppy. I also got a surprised meow and a lot of purring from the cat—although the meow probably came from the fact that I found her in my closet, and she knows she’s not supposed to be in there. Spending a few days at home before going back to school for spring term is the perfect end to a very relaxing spring break.

With the weather finally warming up and the flowers beginning to bloom, I’m so excited for spring term. Last year I studied abroad in Paris. I had a blast running around the city with Kenzie, but I’m super excited to be back in Lexington. I’m taking a history class on Southern culture which should be really interesting. The professor teaching the class is visiting from UGA and I’m hoping to befriend him with a shared love of the peach state. Open gyms will also start again, and the team will host our annual 4v4 tournament to raise money for our program! It’s always a busy four weeks, but a ton of fun.

 

Until next time!

Dubs

Finals Week is finally here…

The days of free coop coffee and endless hours in Leyburn have finally arrived.  After a fun filled winter semester crunch time is finally here.  A few of my favorite moment’s have include bonding with my new PC, Mountain Weekend, Spring season in the gym, and darties at Hooverville. The anticipation for spring term is real.

Also the countdown to Spring Break has begun! All freshman will be heading down to Fort Morgan, Gulf shores and staying in houses with their pledge classes.  I will be heading home for 2 days to see my family, then spending the night in Atlanta with my friend Clara before we make it down to the beach. I cannot wait!

The final push through exams will be tough but worth it!!

xoxo, milldawg

Fancy Dress and Accounting… YAY!

Wow it feels like it has been forever since I have written one of these.  Lots of things have happened in the life of Elly Cosgrove and Generals Volleyball since I last posted!  First update: this semester I found out that accounting is really not my thing.  I would like to emphasize the REALLY NOT MY THING part.  But that’s okay!!!  Yay accounting!

Moving on… Fancy Dress was this past weekend!!!  Saturday was such a fun night.  I first attended a pre-Fancy Dress gathering at Beta with my fellow volleyball players Elena West and Meg Guignon and had a fabulous time.  The actual theme of Fancy Dress was “Party on the Moon”.  Just so everyone knows, Meg Guignon is easily the best dancer of all time.

Until next time!

Elly Cosgrove

Pups and Spring

Hello everyone on the internet!

Mid-March is always a wild time for us here. There’s events like Fancy Dress, papers to write, and the best of all, SPRING SEASON! We’re about halfway through Spring Season which is sad, but it’s been a great two weeks. The energy in the gym has been phenomenal and it’s really clear to see the drive and intent behind team’s actions in the gym. I’ve been especially super impressed with our freshman, who are currently the only three pins, and their mentality. All three of them have really stepped into their own, and it makes me super super hype for the fall season!!

Today, we went to the Rockbridge SPCA to help out and volunteer as team. We met the sweetest pups who were really into bath time. I am, in typical VKaz fashion, attaching many pup pics.

That’s all for now,

Vick

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Meggles and Milli washing some pups (Shoutout to Meg who’s afraid of dogs)

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Picture taken as Slick decided to shake the water off of his body

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Ross, the sweetest pup of the day

Feb Break

Feb Break always comes at the right time every year. After midterms, workouts, and homework, its nice to finally kick back and relax. Its the perfect week for nursing sore muscles back to life and catching up on some homework. I have been enjoying my time at home with my family and pets but am more than ready to get back to school. There are so many fun things happening in the coming weeks including SPRING SEASON. Spring season is always so fun because its a time to improve but also just enjoy the game and team. We do a lot of team related activities and work on building positive relationships throughout the  community at W&L. Last year, we scrimmaged the football team which was interesting to say the least. After numerous hits to the face and some harmless trash talk, the football team finally accepted their defeat. I’m really looking forward to the warm weather and returning to the Warner Center for spring practice.

Elena

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