Hey Cougar supporters!
I would like to introduce myself. My name is Amanda Mckae Pratt or lucky #7. I am a freshman outside hitter and now call Peoria, Illinois my new home. I recently moved from a small town of only two thousand people (Lewistown, IL) and have found my at ICC family to be just as comforting and helpful as possible. A few facts about me are, I want to major in Psychology in hopes to become a Behavior Analyst, my favorite color is grey, and some of my fondest memories are placed with my grandma Lila watching “Ellen” and “Lingo”. One thing most people do not realize about me is that I am a middle child of six, seven if you count my maltese dog hollister, and am very thankful for the temperament and patience it has provided me. My FAVORITE thing about volleyball is all of the friends and experiences from far places I have gained.
This past week, ranked 6th in the nation, we won two important region matches against Lewis & Clark and Lincoln College. This weekend we continued our winning streak by adding two more wins to our count! As a team we began our end of the week by traveling as a team a few hours over to Parkland College. Starting our day off by first watching our opponents play each other, we began our focus. “Where focus goes, energy flows.” After watching our opponents play, it was our turn. First we faced Des Moines Area Community College and earned our first win of the day in four sets. After playing we enjoyed a quick lunch and began warming up by for our next mission. Our second and final match of the day was set to play against Vincennes University (NJCAA Division 1 team). We triumphed after playing five long sets filled with emotion and exuberant cheering. This leaves us with a record of 14-3, we play Parkland in Champaign on Wednesday and go to a tournament in Ina, IL this coming weekend. Be sure to check out our team pictures link.
During preseason each teammate was asked to choose a word that we felt we could relate to our season. I chose valor, meaning “great courage in the face of danger, especially in battle.” Valor is a word I relate with bravery and sacrifice. Being an ICC athlete means putting in long hours for something more than yourself and being brave enough to accept new responsibilities each day. Each day I enter the locker room I glance at my word and instantly remember that I am here to play for my team and our ultimate goal.
#GOCOUGZ ~ Amanda Pratt #7