It was a gorgeous fall day when we headed over the mountains to play Norwich University. That was a good thing, too. If you've ever tried to get to Norwich from Middlebury, you'd know that the quickest way to go is straight. Straight over two mountain gaps, that is. We coaxed our big college van to get up and over those gaps, and we all survived the trip--all of us in that one big van! Those looking out and awake on the way over got treated to some of Vermont's finest views, which was fun.
As for the volleyball, we dominated the first and third games with everyone seeing action! The second game, however, was a different story. After defeating them easily in the first game, I think we got lulled into thinking they couldn't play, and when they did it's like we weren't sure what to do. Anyway, we fell behind and stayed behind for most of that game. At 16-20 we called our final timeout, and simply said to stop worrying about being behind. Relax, breathe and just play your game one point at a time. This apparently worked as we ran off a few points and then tied the game at 23-23. After trading points back and forth, we finally pulled out the game 29-27, and then cruised to an easy victory in the 3rd.
A real highlight for the team was Caroline's 15 kills with no errors on only 21 swings in only two games. That was fun to watch! Other highlights were: Mallory and Natalie had good serving runs, Molly hit 100% in the 3rd game, and Ellen came in at the end of the match to tally 3 assists in the last 5 points of the match. It was a great team effort and we showed some tough grit to come back in that 2nd game after playing so poorly the first 2/3rds of that game.
We have a big weekend coming up with an away match against Colby-Sawyer on Friday night, and then hosting Tufts in a Conference match on Sunday. We're ready for the challenge, and will have mid-terms behind us by then, which will be nice.