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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,


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. :))


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


Kayaking the open ocean waters of La Jolla


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)


Slicing little mouse brains


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

104 Days of Summer Vacation

Greetings from Bristow!

Ash cash Meade here, and I would like to start off this hype yet equally informative blog post by first explaining the title. I’m fairly certain that we don’t actually have “104 Days of  Summer Vacation” but how could I not write a summer blog post without referencing one of the best Disney shows of all time, Phineas and Ferb. I would like to think that Phineas and Ferb is a prime example of the excitement I have/will encounter ever day this summer, but alas I digress.

Now for some substance. We just got out of school a few weeks ago, and let me tell you I am loving it! This week was our first week of our summer workout packet and I can’t wait to get back in the gym and reap the rewards! We are going to be so buff (well even more buff that is)! Besides our workouts I have been keeping busy with reading. Your very own Anna Soroka (aka Annerz) and I are in a few “book clubs” together. But for the most part the majority of my summer thus far has consisted of…. drum role please…. lifeguarding!

I know, I know exciting right!? No but actually I really do enjoy my job. I have some fantastic coworkers, and I even got promoted to assistant manager this year (I’m really moving up in the world) ! Now I’m sure at this point one of two questions has popped through your mind.


  1. Wow, I wonder what the typical work day looks like for Ashleigh?


2.  Are Ashleigh’s coworkers actually fantastic?

Great question! I would like to give you guys some exclusive guard room (that’s right we have our own room) photos that I think you will find will answer these questions, and questions you didn’t even know you had! Below you will find images of my manager Suzanne. I was lucky enough to find these pictures on my phone after coming down from the stand. I feel that these pictures truly demonstrate the day in the life of the average lifeguard.

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Suzanne is demonstrating what we lifeguards like to call the four fundamental Seas (What?? no I didn’t just make that up). We must at all times be Calm, Cool, Concerned, and of course we can’t forget Clean! Please enjoy!

Hope all of you blogollowers (blog followers, trying to spread this term) have a fantastic summer consisting of lots of fun in the sun! Just remember don’t forget to wear sunscreen, and always wait fifteen minutes after eating before you start swimming!

Preseason can’t come fast enough!

-Ashleigh Meade #15



Summer Lovin’

Hey y’all!

Kaitlyn here, writing the latest blog post from Greensboro, North Carolina (and missing Lexington like crazy). This past week was finals for everyone which ranged from making a poster for a library session to a paper on why Atticus Finch is a DILF( seriously, that was one of my swimmer friends’ final paper). School is out and most everyone is back home now. We have a week off before Memorial Day and then we start our summer training ,which will be super hype.

I am off to New Jersey with my freshman roommate for Memorial Day weekend, then I get back and head off to Costa Rica! I have an internship there for the month of June and will be working with the Volleyball Special Olympics. I can’t wait!!!


HAGS, love and please enjoy the below picture during season where K-Rem literally just said to do something crazy.

Kaitlyn, #14, Sophomore middle18557500_1723869094578325_8787216143832192349_n

Spring has Sprung

I can’t believe it is already the third week of Spring Term! I am halfway done with the last semester of my freshman year, and it is definitely bittersweet. It will be great to go home for the summer for some relaxation, a little working, and a lot of working out. However, this school year was arguably my favorite so far because of my amazing friends and all the wonderful new experiences. I’m currently taking a class all about Crime Scene Investigations with fellow gennies Allison and Greer, and it is incredibly interesting. The class was split into groups, and each received our own scene to survey. Lucky for me, I have the intelligent Allison Webb in my group! We’re doing all sorts of tests from fingerprinting to DNA testing to figure out who was at the scene and what exactly happened. I highly recommend this class for two reasons. 1) It gets the lab science credit out of the way for those of us not wanting to take physics, chemistry, or some other lab and 2) it is my only academic focus for this semester, giving me more time to learn some of the more difficult concepts. Overall, I’m very happy I’m taking it!

We’re currently in major training mode with lifts three times a week, conditioning twice a week, and open gyms twice a week. Spring term is often referred to as the “best term,” and that is definitely proving to be true for me! Very busy, but all worth it.

The next time I write a post, I will be a sophomore!!! So crazy!!!! Freshman year flew by and if I could do it all over again I totally would!!

Signing off for the last time as a freshman,

Mollie Ray #13

Allie Case and I after the infamous burpee ladder


We learned how to dust to find invisible fingerprints left behind. These beauts are mine!!


Spring is here!!!

Hi Friends,

I just got back from Spring Break which I spent at home with my family in sunny Southern California. I spent my time relaxing at home, visiting with family, volunteering at the preschool my mom works at and playing with the cutest three and four year olds, and practicing with my sister’s club volleyball team. I was definitely not prepared for the rain once I landed in Virginia after hanging in the hot weather in California, but it was awesome to come back to see spring in action with so much green on the trees and all of the flowers starting to bloom (a season that California tends to skip).

Spring Term is just about here and I can’t wait to start my class. I am taking the CSI class with Mollie and Greer! I am hoping it will be a nice change to only focus on one class. We are also starting open gyms and workouts again which is very exciting. I am also looking forward to going on a couple of hikes and exploring Lexington a little more now that I will have a more free time.

-Allison #12