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Snapchat Update and On the Road Again

Hey friends,

It’s crazy to think we’re almost halfway through the season and that September is over! The first month of season, as usual, was great because we got to play at home a ton, win some ODAC matches (undefeated baby!) and get a lot better in the process. However, I’m super excited for October-one of my favorite times of the year is when we start going on our away trips and have lots of quality time on the bus together. October is also a time when we play a lot of really competitive volleyball which is exciting. I’m always grateful for my team this time of year because it’s when school starts to get pretty stressful with midterms and such. It’s awesome to have a group of people who push me to work hard and also encourage/support me when I’m stressed.

The biggest news is probably all the fun we’ve been having with the new snapchat filters. Our team can constantly be seen taking selfies and raising our eyebrows/opening our mouths, even in public places like the library. Here are some of the pictures we have taken during “study sessions” and while waiting for buses.

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I am off to go present on my summer internship (I worked at an advertising agency called Global Prairie this past summer) as part of class credit for my major, and then I get to crush some positionals with my pin hitter and DS squads. This weekend we take on Mary Washington and ODAC competition Virginia Wesleyan, and we are pumped to get back on the court after a week off and a 4 hour drive to VA Beach! Until next time dudes!



Hello volleyball fans, followers, and friends!

Things have been busy here at W&L these last few weeks! We finally started school back up and everyone is doing a great job of getting back into (or discovering) a routine for the semester. Along with the start of school starts ODAC competition! Last night, we played our first ODAC match of the year. We came out with a W and a lot of information about ourselves that will be awesome to work on in the gym over these next few weeks! This weekend, we get to continue on the ODAC train and hit up Randolph and Lynchburg on Friday and Saturday. The fun part about these away games are that we will have a ton of awesome recruits traveling with us to watch us play and cheer us on! Nothing feels better than having a few great fans rooting for you in an outsiders gym. I can’t wait to get back on the court with my favorite group of people! As everyone knows, game day is my favorite day.

even good old George is excited for game day

even good old George is excited for game day

can you tell I love game day?

can you tell I love game day?

Kenzie “WAKE UP IT’S GAME DAY” Shand

Preseason is the Best Season!

Ahhhhh unfortunately preseason is now officially over. :( These past three weeks or so have been the best time ever- we literally get to play volleyball all the time and solely focus on volleyball and improvement. However, sadly, long days of practice and loads of time spent with my teammates every day are over for this year. Although I will admit that I am going to miss having campus (almost) to ourselves and living and breathing volleyball for a couple weeks, I am excited to compete and get into the swing of season! We had our first away tournament this weekend at Maryville College in Tennessee and played really well! Most importantly though, we improved as a team. It’s really awesome to see all the hours we put into the practice gym translate onto the court in game play. And the long bus rides are always so fun too!! On the way home from Maryville last night for example, we basically had a dance party on the bus and on the way to Maryville, some of us played a pretty intense game of “Catch Phrase.” (We also finished two entire bags of Peanut Butter Trail Mix on the bus ride there but that’s another story…)Anyways, we’ll be back in the practice gym on Monday to prepare for our Invitational Tournament next weekend and I can’t wait to keep working hard with my fellow Gennies. :)

We also start classes this week and other people are starting to move in on campus, so the quietness of preseason is coming to a close. It’s pretty exciting seeing all the new freshmen move in near the Quad (I can’t believe I was just there a year ago– time is seriously flying by!) and I’m excited to start a new year of classes and reconnect with all my non-volleyball friends.

Anyways, it’s been an awesome preseason and I’m so pumped to compete some more! Also, we got super cool new gray long sleeve jerseys this year and we are excited to show our home crowd how cool we are (despite how much we might be sweating due to Lexington’s humidity– I’m still not used to it)

See y’all later!!

Katie Volk #22

Cudi (Maddy) on the way to Maryville

Cudi (Maddy) on the way to Maryville

Meg is puumppedddd for our first road trip of the year!!

Meg is puumppedddd for our first road trip of the year!!

My super cool roommates for Maryville (Elly and Kenzie)

My super cool roommates for Maryville (Elly and Kenzie)

Sophomores take Tennessee

Sophomores take Tennessee

The Girls are Back in Town!

The day we have all been waiting for since the end of November finally came!!! We are four days into preseason and life could not be more tiring or exciting. While I still can’t believe that I’m already a junior in college, it’s been great being back in Lexington. I studied abroad during Spring Term (I went to Paris for a history class while Kenzie took a photography class there too!), so I hadn’t seen most of my teammates since April. I really missed these weirdos.

The first few days of preseason have been amazing. We’ve had five full team practices, six ice baths, one pool workout, and countless amounts of PB trail mix. It’s been great hearing about everyone’s summers and reminiscing about previous years and inside jokes. We’re super busy, but our first game is in 10 days! Everyone is working hard to be ready. Our three new freshmen are doing an amazing job learning our system.

Today we had the day off, but even though we didn’t get out the ball carts, we still had a full day of meetings and recovery. Tomorrow we get back in the gym for a scrimmage. While coach can always come up with creative games and different ways of scoring, playing a regular six on six game is always a lot of fun. The only surprise tomorrow will be what our team names will be. But whether it’s Gryffindor vs. Slytherin or Grass-fed Cows vs. Free-range Chickens (not kidding, it’s happened), I’m sure the games will be very competitive.

Go Generals!


(the Ellie count on the team is up to three now…)


Club Cheatin in Paris (because we had to)

NYC Summer

Hey everyone!

So this summer has certainly been one to remember! I spent the entire summer living in New York City and interning as an investment banker at Deutsche Bank. I was in the real estate, gaming, leisure, and lodging group and could not have asked for a better experience. Although I worked many many hours, I loved the people I was working with. To top off the end of the summer, I got a return offer which I could not be more excited about!

Here are two pictures taken from a pier located near my apartment:
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This picture was taken on the floor of the NYSE, where DB had the farewell event for the interns:
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My last day of work was Friday, I came home to Philadelphia today, and I am off to Lexington tomorrow! After sitting in a cubicle all day for the past 10 weeks, I CANNOT wait to get back in the gym!!!!!! Preseason is one of my favorite times of the year–we get to play volleyball without worrying about any school work..what else could you ask for?!


As Summer Comes to an End

Hi Everyone!!

Hope you all have had amazing summers so far!! I can’t wait to be back in Lexington in just ONE WEEK!!!!!!! I know all of us are BEYOND excited and anxious to be back with the team and spend literally every day together!! I just cannot wait for it to start!! Lucky for me I have already gotten to have a mini reunion with some of my teammates this summer! A couple weeks ago my Mom and I went up to Lexington to move my stuff into my new house and coincidentally, our Recruit Camp was the same weekend! So I got to meet our new freshman, see Coach and Taylor, and see some of my teammates :) Even though I could only be there for a day it was so fun!! I was blown away by all of the talent and really enjoyed spending time with all the recruits! Both Coach and especially Taylor (who worked so hard!!) did an awesome job setting everything up!!  I have attached some of the photos from the weekend. Since my trip to Lexington I have been hanging out back home in FL soaking up all the sun that I possibly can before coming back! Since my job ended right before my trip I have been able to take a few little weekend trips with friends and family. Two weeks ago I spent the weekend in NYC and it was a total blast!! But my fav trip this summer was the one to my beach house for the 4th of July. We always bring our best family friends and have a really fun time. Also this past weekend my boyfriend and I ran our first 5K and it was SOOOO fun!! It was this water obstacle course thing with these huge bouncy house water slides and one was even up to 72 feet high!! It has truly been a great summer and I cannot wait to get back to Lex and start playing again!! GOOOOO GENERALS!!



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*Insert cliche Miami quote here*

Hello pals!

After spending this past semester abroad in Scotland, I am now interning in about the most opposite city I could possibly choose: Miami. I’m interning at FIU’s Summer Treatment Program for children with behavioral disorders and more specifically, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Conduct Disorder. This program, run by Dr. William Pelham, is the leading research center for ADHD and I am so blessed to be able to work for him and gain experience with these children since this is the area of research I am interested in continuing long term. As a counselor, we are basically administering behavioral modification treatment to the children and, as part of the study that is being conducted, their medication is altered daily which makes each day exciting to say the least. Day to day, we are with the children all day and take them through various activities which consists of 2 class periods, an art class, and 2 sports games. To prepare for the internship, we had to memorize a 400 page manual of all the rules the children have to follow and definitions of behaviors that we track for each child. To say the least, it has easily been the most challenging and exhausting job I have ever had. I absolutely love all of my children (and obvi have my favorites) but they are such a handful and I have gained an entire new outlook on ADHD as a disorder and the deficits that these children face.

One of my favorites parts about the internship though is that it is based right in Miami! Even though I’m from Orlando, Miami isn’t a place that I visit often so living down here for 2 months has been such a fun time! There’s so much to do every weekend; the beaches are beautiful, and The Keys are only an hour away! However, it is a lot different than I expected and is never a place I would want to live full time. But it is definitely a summer I will remember and I have made pals that I will for sure keep in touch with long term! Look below for some pics of me and the crew*~*~* MORE IMPORTANTLY: T-Minus 19 days until I’m back in Lex for preseason aka the happiest place and the happiest time of year!!


Peace n’ luv n’ GO GENNIES

Anna #14


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