Binghamton Bearcat VolleyBlog

Week 1 - Aug. 28-29, 2009

During the Binghamton volleyball preseason tournament schedule, a different Bearcat will be writing a weekend blog discussing life on the road as a BU student-athlete.

The opening weekend blog from the Hofstra/Asics Invitational was written by freshmen Alex Roland and Elana King. Next weekend, senior co-captain Dawn Lammert will be writing from the road at the Marquette Challenge as she returns home to her native Wisconsin for three matches.

We started our Friday morning off with the freshmen chores. Elana had the camera equipment and I had the (extra) blood jerseys. Our job was to guard them with our lives and bring them everywhere the team goes.

After boarding the bus to Hofstra, we got half way there before we decided that we needed some excitement in our lives. So we put in the so called 'scary movie' Quarantine. It was more funny than scary, which was a big disappointment when you're expecting such horror in your life.

When we finally arrived in Hofstra it was pouring rain and we could not find our original food spot, Boston Market, to eat. So we settled for Subway.

On the first day of the tournament we played Marshall and they beat us in three games. The team was naturally nervous about their first game, but if we were to ever play them again we think we could beat them.

Elana and I, also known as the Freshman Fury, ended up rooming together in our nice hotel. We went to the hotel after the match. The hotel was quiet and we all mainly reflected on the game against Marshall.

The next morning we got up and were ready to play. Breakfast was awesome and it was a new day. We arrived early to the gym and began to warm up. Our second opponent was Hofstra, and we dominated them in three games.

We had a break and decided to stuff our mouths with really good subs from some random place. We started making our warm-up CD, which was more difficult then we all thought.

Our next game was at 5 p.m. against Rhode Island. The game was intense, we won the first, lost the second, lost the third, but then came back to take the fourth and fifth games to take second place in the tournament.

We left right after the game for Binghamton and ate our dinner of pizza on the bus. We also had some pretty sweet desserts, compliments of the Fiorentino family. On the way back we watched Twilight. Everyone must have been really tired because the last hour of the bus ride was a full blown sing along of ridiculous songs. Overall, it was a good first tournament for us it was a lot of fun.

Freshman Fury

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