Binghamton Bearcat VolleyBlog

Week 2 - Sept. 4-5, 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 second weekend blog from the Marquette Challenge in Milwaukee was written by Sussex, Wis. native and senior co-captain Dawn Lammert.

Photo Gallery of trip to Marquette

Most people would think thirteen girls driving into the back parking lot of the West Gym at 3:30 am a little strange - but not the University Police who let us pass by. As soon as we packed all our things into the vans, we promptly and uncomfortably fell back asleep for the duration of the ride to the Syracuse airport.

To most other travelers, we probably resembled a pack of sloths (which, random useless fact, is called a "bed"). If coach wasn't buying us airport food, we were passed out across benches and bags, trying to total at least eight hours of quality sleep before our match the same afternoon. Oh yeah, and somewhere in that zombie-esque state I turned 21. Happy Birthday me!

Finally arriving in Milwaukee, we soon realized that practically anywhere in the United States has more sun and better weather than Binghamton.

We stayed in the Pfister hotel, a pretty swanky joint with lots of naked cupids adorning the ceilings, and of course, no free wireless internet in the rooms. Another one and a half hour nap later, we were eating Potbelly sandwiches and gearing up for our first big match of the weekend against Austin Peay.

Sometimes I forget how nice Milwaukee is. Hearing the rest of the team comment about how beautiful the riverside is (sorry Susquehanna) and being able to tell them about Summerfest, our big music festival, was great. In fact, Lindsey, Coach Refenes, and myself are all from areas just outside of Milwaukee. Michelle and Bri, from Illinois and Indiana respectively, also contributed many relatives and friends to our substantial cheer section. Unfortunately, they were more like emo band roadies, as we lost all three of our matches during the weekend.

Despite the rough weekend, we still found time to de-stress and relax. Saturday night we journeyed to West Bend, Wis., where Lindsey's parents made sure not only the freshmen would gain 15 pounds, but also the veterans. I mean, who can pass up squeaky cheese curds and mini cheesecakes when they are in Wisconsin? Yum!

Sunday morning we ate breakfast from Bruegger's Bagels down at the riverfront. After checking out from the hotel, we trekked out to Sussex, WI for lunch and some sweet grape pie at my house before returning to the airport.

All in all, we finally arrived back at Binghamton at 11:45 p.m. Although frustrating, the weekend was a great learning experience, and the team is looking forward to stunning the crowds of BU supporters this Friday and Saturday in the West Gym.

Come cheer us on!

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