Hey Cougar Fans! This is sophomore setter, Morgan Twing, writing the blog for the week. Since our season ended, I have been trying to find another school to continue playing volleyball. After a long and stressful recruiting process, I have found a great school for me! I will be attending St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa to continue playing volleyball and join their pre-law program. This school is actually very close to my home town, Rock Island, only about 10 minutes. For the first semester, I will be living at home, which may not sound very exciting, but I will be saving a lot of money and it will be worth it in the long run. My sister will also be living at home for a year until she goes to graduate school, so it will be a full house again! I can’t wait to share all my clothes with her again *sarcasm*.
This was our first week back from Spring Break and we hit the gym hard in preparation for our first spring tournament. Our schedule now will be more serious since we are playing matches again and this is what it will typically look like:
- Mon/Wed: Weights followed by practice
- Tues/Thurs: Practice
- Friday: Practice and yoga
After practicing really hard this week, we finally were able to compete. On Saturday morning we left ICC at 6:45 a.m. and headed to Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, IL. Since it is spring season, things are a little different. This tournament’s layout consisted of each team playing 6 matches. Each match consisted of two sets to 25 points within a 45 minute time frame. Our first match we played Chicago State University. This was by far the best match we played all day, and we took them two sets to none. After that we played NIU’s alumni team. After winning the first set we lost our momentum and lost the second. Next match we played Illinois State University, probably the best team there. My sister just finished her senior season for ISU so unfortunately she could not play, but how cool would it have been if we could have played each other? We fell two sets to none against them. After our lunch break we lost to Winona University, Lewis University, and split with McHenry College. We had some ups and downs on the day for sure, but only having 9 players and a couple people in completely new positions, we battled hard. We have a lot to work to do these next couple weeks. Overall, it was a fun weekend and another learning experience.
One last thing, Saturday was Sue’s birthday!!!! Thanks for reading the blog 🙂
Morgan Twing, #7