Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Reunion 2017

June 2017 marked a milestone reunion for me, and for our youngest reunion alums:  my 25th, and their 5th!  Jane, Elissa and Caroline were all back for their "first" reunion, since we celebrate them every 5 years here at MIDD.  So fun to catch up with all of them, even briefly.  Elissa came from London, where she's working on a masters in public health and did some basketball coaching this past winter at the American School in London.  Jane is working in her hometown of Chicago, and Caroline is currently in DC after finishing law school at Georgetown.  It was a gorgeous weekend for reunion, dry and sunny days nestled between rain, rain and more rain!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Graduation 2017

This is very belated, but nonetheless, here it is: Graduation 2017! We said goodbye to our four seniors!  Commencement, of course, marks the "beginning" not an end as we sometimes think of it, and so even though we're sad to see our seniors go, we're excited for them as they start new beginnings!

Charlotte is headed to UVA for grad school (I'll mess up the actual degree, but she's going to study Environmental Studies and Landscape Architecture); Mel is headed to law school at NYU (and her younger brother is actually coming to MIDD next year!); Gabi is weighing some different options, so we'll keep you posted on what she ends up deciding on, and Hannah is headed to Kenya for her next job and chapter of life.  We wish you all the best!

I hope to post some updates from them here from time to time, but commencement now marks the beginning of their updates as "alums," no longer in the "team" updates!  Sorry guys, just the way it goes.  :)

The other pictures here are of Mel with our #1 Team Fan, Kate, and Tom Bean, who is the younger brother of MCVB alum Whitney Bean Stewart '10.  He was just a kid (smaller than 6'2" Whit) when he was coming to her games, and then he came himself (standing at 6'5") and starred on the MIDD men's soccer team, all the while remaining a huge MCVB Fan!  We'll miss you, too, Tom!!  Best wishes on your next adventures!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Senior Week

Senior week is that glorious time on campus between the end of finals and graduation.  It's a time when the college sponsors several activities for seniors to help them enjoy their final days at MIDD and continue to bond with their class.  It's also usually a time when I get to do some fun things with our seniors that we just don't always seem to find time for other years.

This year I was able to play 9 holes of golf with Melanie and Hannah, which was awesome!  It only took Mel a few holes to get back in the swing of things and then she started crushing the ball.  And, she did that with a set of PE clubs that were way to short for her, so nice job, Mel.  She talked about going into Law and how the golf course is a means of connecting and sometimes conducting business, so I'll guess that there's a lot more golf in her future, and she'll show up more than a few of her male counterparts, I think!

Hannah braved the course with us as her first golf outing other than Putt-Putt.  As you can imagine, she was a quick learn and once we figured out that she was attempting to swing the club with a volleyball platform, we made the adjustment and she started connecting with the ball much better!  You could tell she had experience at Putt-Putt because she had a nice putting touch, which is tough to do.  I'm not sure how much golf will be in her future, but if she chooses, she could have a lot of fun with it, I predict.

I was also able to play squash with Gabi, which was equally as fun!  We got a great workout and some good chatting in also, which was nice.  Neither of us are true squash guru's, but we had some great rallies and very close matches, and each of us won some, which was nice.

Today was also our Athletic Department Senior Awards Ceremony at Mead Chapel.  It was a nice ceremony to culminate the MIDD athletic experience with all the senior athletes (or at least some/most of them!)  They did a nice job including the history of the awards and the person for whom the awards are named, which was a nice addition to the ceremony, I thought.

Thank you all for sharing your time with me this week and over the past four years!  It's always nice to connect with you in endeavors outside of volleyball, and especially before you leave when it seems that "all of a sudden" four years have gone by--this is when I start to feel old, I think.  As always, I hope to see you all back at reunions or just back to see MCVB and MIDD.  I missed Char, so I'll definitely try to connect with everyone at graduation also.

I'll post some pictures from Graduation later this weekend also, but wanted to get these fun pictures in here, too.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Study Abroad Update From Our Juniors

Study Abroad is a great experience that many of our juniors take advantage of while they're at Middlebury.  Becca, Alice and Eliana are all having fun adventures studying abroad this Spring, and we've gotten the chance to catch up a bit with Eliana and Becca.

Becca is in Cordoba, Spain and Eliana is in Copenhagen, but they've been able to get together to travel a lot.  And, they've even had some teammates visit, which is great!  Becca and Eliana went to Dublin for St. Patrick's Day, which looked like a lot of FUN!!

Eliana was then able to visit Becca in Cordoba during her break where Becca showed her all of her new favorite spots, although she assured me she also went to class while her friend was visiting!  :)

The gorgeous night picture to the right is of the two of them in front of the Parliament building in Budapest.  While there, they were met by fellow teammates (who were on Spring Break from MIDD), Rose and Sarah, and they all visited a thermal bath, which looked like fun also!

Traveling is often one of the most memorable things about studying abroad, in addition to the local language and culture immersion.  Over the years, they all assure me that they're working hard, but in a very different way than when they're on campus at Middlebury....I am thrilled to keep in touch with them and in some ways live vicariously through them as they travel the world and have these wonderful experiences that are so different from our everyday campus days in our small corner of the world.

After Budapest, the teammates traveled to Copenhagen to see Eliana's temporary home abroad.  In addition to traveling and school, Eliana has been practicing with a Danish Volleyball Team, which she reports is a great way to make Danish friends and keep up with her training.

Thanks guys for sharing your great pictures with us, and keep having FUN (oh, and keep up with your work also!)  We miss you here on campus, but it's always exciting and fun to hear and see what you've been up to.  

Alice was the first to send an update, but that was from some of her travels before she actually got to Santiago, so we'll try to get an update soon from her, but I wanted to get these great pictures and the update from the others in here while it was still reasonably timely....

Back at MIDD, we've just finished up with the Spring Student Symposium, New Student Previw Days, and Relay for Life, so we'll get those updates in here before too long.  Happy Spring!!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Alice Visits Ecuador en route to Semester in Santiago

Study abroad is such a great experience, and one that many MIDD students take advantage of during their junior year. Currently, Alice is reppin' MCVB in Ecuador en route to Santiago for the semester!

She was able to visit family living in Ecuador before her semester started and sent us some great pictures of some of her adventures there.
She went on a biking trip with her uncle and these gorgeous scenes were along the ride.  They went to Quilotoa and saw this gorgeous lake pictured behind Alice; they went to the refuges at the top of Cotopaxi and saw graves atop Chimborazo, which is a little different; and they also biked through BaƱos del Ambato.  

If I had to guess, I'd say that probably 80% of MCVB players do some kind of study abroad, either for a semester or shorter trips just during J-term.  In the past 20 years we've had one player (shout out to Luz '04!) go abroad for the year, and one student-assistant coach (shout out to Blair '01!) go abroad for the year, but most often it works to go for a semester or a month. There are so many different programs that the opportunities seem almost endless.  They can span one month or several months, and can be language intense, or in English-speaking parts of the world.  Wonderful experiences, all!

Stay tuned for more updates from Alice, Becca and Eliana as all three are studying abroad this semester!  Thanks for sharing, Alice! 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Winter 2017 4v4 Tournament

 It was great to see Pepin Gym filled with volleyball in January!  Several teams gathered for our 3rd or 4th annual 4v4 Tournament and everyone seemed to be having a lot of fun Sunday.  The main picture here goes to this year's winners:  Hannah's team!

Sarah organized the tournament and reviewed the rules with everyone before the start:  no tipping in front of the attack line, men hit from back row only, but can block, only one MCVB present or former on each team, and I think that's most of the rules.  Any team members who weren't playing that round were reffing and helping keep score.  The mic got passed around to help commentate or direct teams to the proper court, and Rose and Gabi were excellent commentators, so they are featured here enjoying the mic!

I didn't get a picture of every team, but here are some pictures from the day--the main thing was definitely achieved:  FUN!!  Congrats to Team Hannah for taking home the winners tee shirts!!

Emily and her team talk strategy before their game...

Becca and team pose after winning their first game...

Chellsa's team poses for a picture while waiting for their 4th to arrive...

 Isabel and her team talk strategy, but then pose after losing their first game thinking that maybe coming in second would still be good?!

 Alice poses with her team to the left, and is shown below playing Beth's team of tracksters:  jumpers, I believe?  As you can see, one of her teammates is getting up--he took off behind the attack line to hit...

Finally, we have Team Pink Panther, which may have been the only team NOT to feature an MCVB team member?  We welcome them to the tournament and they definitely win the best team spirit award with the pink theme for all teammates, and hope to see them out here again next time, too!  

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the tournament, and we may even run one this Spring so some of the winter sport athletes can join in the fun?! Stay tuned for that... 

Happy last week of J-term!!

Monday, January 16, 2017

MCVB Teammates Unite Over Holiday Break!

We had some MCVB teammates get together over the Holiday Break before coming back to MIDD and they shared some photos with us.  Becca and Rose traveled from NorCal south to see our two SoCal girls, Gabi and Sarah. I love the shout out's to MCVB!!

Hollywood and barefoot at the beach are both great locales for a reunion of any kind!

It looked cold with grey skies, hats and jackets, but with no shoes on, it's a little hard to tell how cold it really was.  Plus, when you're used to VT winters, how cold could it be in southern California?!  :)