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It’s been a busy busy few weeks for your favorite Generals.

Today we start week two of spring season. It’s been a great time thus far; you can’t beat being in the gym with your best friends working toward getting better from the fall. I’ve also been impressed with our levels of focus and competition in the gym. The fact that we have 13 returners instead of 8 makes a HUGE difference in the offseason.

This past Saturday, we rewarded Sigma Nu for winning our “Frat Night” in the fall. Each year we have a game where whichever fraternity or sorority brings the most members to our game wins our contribution to a philanthropy or a night of sober driving. We like being able to have this positive relationship with Greek Life on campus!

On Sunday, we went to volunteer at Rockbridge Area Hospice. Each year, we go to some organization in town to volunteer for a few hours. Again, we strongly think that it’s important for us to help out in the community and work together for goals that are larger than winning or losing.

I also got to see a few volleyball alums in D.C.! Being on this team really means that you will have friends for the rest of your life as cheesy as that may sound.

It’s only the second week of March but things will only get busier on campus!

– Vicky #7

P.S. Sorry for the lack of photos this time, my technology is having issues :/

 

65 degree weather in Feb

Hey people!!!

This term has been soooo fun. All of the frosh are in sororities now and it’s lit. My classes this semester are a lot harder, but they’re more of what I’m interested in so that’s good! 

Open gyms are so fun! It’s so nice to see everyone twice a week and the practices are so competitive it’s awesome. 

Lifting and conditioning is actually so fun when you have an AMAZING lifting partner (El Cosgrove)!!! Everyone is getting so swole and fit. I love it.

Anyways, just chillen outside Gaines in the grass with my friends and it’s 65 degrees in February! I’m loving it!!

Xoxo,

Greer

IT’S SNOWING! (again)

Dear Blog Readers,

January is coming to a close, and on this fine Sunday as I sit in the Gaines’ Rotunda doing my homework, snow begins to fall from the sky…again.  Last time it snowed here it was before the start of winter term and we received about four inches, but luckily it seems too warm outside for anything serious to stick (so far).

Between classes, lifts, open gyms, and conditioning, you might think it is hard to find any free time.  But you know that the good old gennies volleyball team will proudly come out on a Saturday to cheer on our women’s basketball team!  Also, a few of us decided to bring our homework to the gym on Wednesday to watch the men’s team have a solid Gennies Win Day and see our favorite coaches helping out at the table (pics below from where I was creeping on them).

Finally, classes have been going well so far!   I am #blessed to say I am only taking math and science classes this term, and Ash Meade and I are lab partners in physics and engineering.  Basically, this term will be awesome because in engineering we get to design and 3D print a phone stand as well as create something cool for our group project (still TBD what we will do for that), and in physics we will build a solar cell and make a nifty website that demonstrates how it works.

I can’t leave without saying how hype open gyms have been!  It’s great to be back together on the court and playing our favorite sport, plus we are all getting buff and ripped from the conditioning and lifts.  Also, I think I am finally doing seal dives properly and in Doremus they are especially fun because you slide about five feet further due to the slippery floor.  Basically I am just having a blast balling out with my friends and am looking forward to the rest of this term.

Sincerely,

Anna #5

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Coaches putting in work during the basketball game. They are partially the reason why we come to watch.

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Physics lab! In this pic you see an example of Ash and I creating a capacitor. Basically you have some foil with plastic in-between and you connect some wires and it graphs some stuff. Trust me it’s super cool.

 

Good Ole Winter Term

Ah, winter term is finally in full swing. With sorority recruitment finishing up a few weeks ago, its time to crack down on classes. I’m really enjoying each of my classes this term, and find it nice to have such a variety in my schedule. My classes range from Business Law to Cognition which is a nice change up from the typical business school classes. I am also taking a creative writing course which is probably one of my favorite classes I have taken during my time here. Our off-season workouts and open gyms have just started, and its great to finally be reunited with the team. We have our banquet tonight at the Southern Inn where we will surely eat delicious food and enjoy hanging out as a team. Spring season is just a few short weeks away, and the off-season is a time to strengthen our bodies in preparation to return back to the Warner Center in the fall.

Elena

CHRISTMAS!! (from stl)

SANTA CAME THIS MORNING!!!!!!!!! Merry Christmas from the Guignon household. I am reporting live with veteran present opener, Jane Guignon, sitting to my left. A direct quote: “It takes skill and precision to become this good at opening gifts.” Here we do not start opening presents until the pm because we are the ultimate bums. We woke up around 12 and had lunch before we even looked into the family room. Shoutout to Amy (mother dearest) for being the best present giver/wrapper/brunch maker!!!

I’d say beside the all the bomb presents we received the highlight of the day/afternoon was our annual scratch-off stocking presents. My dad lovingly gives each child a couple of scratch-offs to see if we can win him the big bucks!!! We won seven dollars and another scratch-off ticket! Can you say score???

My trusty steed, Jane Guignon, veteran present opener, has told me “thats good enough.” But I know my readers want more so I will leave you all with my families beautiful faces. Roast some chestnuts on an open fire and all that jazz. Happiest holidays to all the avid blog fans (@coach) you are the real mvps.

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A lovely picture taken an hour ago curtesy of the timer camera.

Quote from veteran present opener, Jane Guignon “It looks like my face is floating” (she is middle back)

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All the cousins semi-cooperating for a gorgeous picture.

Quote from veteran present opener, Jane Guignon “No comment, I look amazing.” (she is again middle back)

Deuces,

Meg #3

The Final(s) Countdown

Hello hello!! It’s Al reporting live from the extremely comfortable futon that I always fall asleep on in my room. To be fair, I’m not trying to climb the ladder of my lofted bed just to take a nap, okay? It was the last day of classes on Friday, and I would say I had a great first term here at good ole W&L! Except for calculus. I’m not even going to go into detail how much distain I have for that class because it is definitely NOT WORTH MY TIME. I really loved Marine Biology, learning about sharks and coral reefs and penguins all year was LIT. Somehow I survived history class even though I fell asleep almost every day (sorry Professor Patch) due to what I believe to be is a mild form of narcolepsy. Clearly my extensive background in medicine and neurological conditions supports this claim. And then my bio lab and French went good, nothing too eventful in there!

Now it’s time for finals!!! I’m honestly just excited to move on to winter term, and also to go home for Christmas! I miss my dogs a lot! There is apparently a de-stress finals event this Wednesday for finals and you KNOW I will be there for the maximum amount of time possible. I should probably go read my book for history now, I’ve taken 3 naps today and there is a lot to be done! Yay finals. Wish me luck everybody, cheers to never having to look at a frickin derivative or integral again until next year’s calc. Blugh.

Here are some random highlights of my life:

On the left, this was the first food I got back home from Thanksgiving Break, this will be the same thing for Christmas Break. I love food. So much. Also, typical Al with the headband and vball swag. Look at how cute my little snuggle bug is (featuring Mama Case)!!!!!

Pics from Christmas Weekend. Fun fact, sweaters that light up get very hot easily and dancing all night with Mollie was quite the fun, but sweaty night. Then on the weekend, it was formal events and I got to get all dressed up with Ash! Weird not seeing us in sweats, right?

PEACE OUT AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!!!

Al “Zone Bar Addict” Case

The Amazing Race: WLUVB Edition

Hello friends!!!!

Currently blogging from beautiful Southern California (SO happy to be home for Thanksgiving Break) but man, do I have a story for ya as to how I eventually got here.

Sooo, all last week I had been super pumped to A) get home and see family but also B) because I got to travel with my teammate, Allison, for the first time and I couldn’t wait to finally have a fellow L.A.-travelling buddy. On Friday, I was about to go pick her up from her dorm to head to D.C., where our plane was flying out of, when my car decided it was prime time to stop working. We already were on a bit of a time crunch since we were leaving after classes, so this wasn’t the best timing to have to wait for someone to come jump start my car. But anyways- this was probably the least of our troubles to start. After Public Safety came and jump-started my car (Thank GOODNESS for Campus Safety), we headed off to D.C. However, we soon ran into horrendous traffic in Harrisonburg and realized that there was no way in the world we would make our flight on time if we sat in that traffic. After like 8,000 phone calls to our parents, we decided the best thing would be to take a random exit I was about to pass, in order to bypass the traffic. We sat in a little more traffic there, but ended up COMPLETELY missing the ridiculous bumper-to-bumper traffic we had originally been in.

Okay so by now, you’re probably like woohoo, they’re good to go. But actually, even with finally bypassing most of the traffic, we were still most likely not going to make our flight. We made about 7,000 more phone calls and decided we were going to try to switch our flights to a later time. For some reason,  it was going to cost over $1,000 to switch flights. After calling my loving father about it, he told me that I didn’t have an option and needed to make my original flight… Soooo, as we’re haulin’ it on the freeway in my ~super reliable~ car, we made a bunch more phone calls- and let me tell ya, Allison Webb is a hero talking on both our phones to many different people- we decided there was no way we were going to be able to park in the parking garage, take the airport shuttle (which only runs every 30 min), and then get through security to make the flight. So, my brother (from CA) somehow arranged a Lyft driver for us to pick us up right when we got to the parking garage and take us to our terminal. (Right when we arrived at the parking garage, she was basically waiting there for us so that was awesome). Again, I bet you’re thinking, yaaay they’ve done it. But theeeen, after telling our Lyft driver (from Compton- so a fellow Californian), that our flight was already boarding at that time, she decided she was going to help us get there quickly, so she floors her little Yaris STRAIGHT into a massive curb, completely destroying the front of her car. We had to pull over and check on it, but for some reason, she didn’t think her car was all that damaged (despite literally running over the front bumper on the way out of the parking garage)… So we kept going anyways and she got us to our terminal. Thank goodness Allison and I are collegiate athletes fresh out of season, because we BOOKED it through that terminal, rapidly got through security (which miraculously had no line), and sprinted to our gate JUST IN TIME to board (they were boarding the last few people). We showed up profusely sweating (which is a look our teammates are used to) but most of the people on that plane were pretty concerned with our state of being. However, I have no idea how we did it but we made our flight and are both safely in California now with family. 🙂

Anyways, it was a pretty crazy day/night getting home, but I’m happy to be back with family and even more thankful I had a teammate with me through it all. I can’t imagine going through that alone and Allison was the best travel partner I could’ve had to help navigate through traffic, call like 20 different people, sprint through the airport with, and just keep me company/make me laugh during the stressful time. Season is sadly over, but the excitement of WLUVB clearly never ends. 🙂

Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving this week and that it isn’t as insane as Allison and my travel day was!

From So-Cal with love,

KV