October 07, 2010
By Angela DeSantis, Freshman, Outside Hitter
The Spartan volleyball team traveled to Atlanta this past weekend for the first University Athletic Association round robin at Emory University. We flew out of Cleveland at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and had a direct flight into Atlanta. The flight was pretty uneventful and we were very excited to get down there and open conference play.
We came in with a lot of confidence having won 10 straight and having a 13-3 overall record. Upon arrival Friday evening, we visited Case alum and former volleyball player, Alex Weber Balzer ’00 (the picture of us is in front of her house). We relaxed a bit and participated in a team-building exercise. Each player picked animals which they thought their teammates and coaches most resembled based on the animals’ positive attributes. The funniest animal that people were compared to was a Narwhal (a medium-sized tooth whale that is distinctive because of a long husk extending from its upper jaw). Now keep in mind, we weren’t comparing players and coaches to these animals based on their physical characteristics. It was all about the positive attributes.
The exercise really gave us boosts of confidence as we prepared mentally for our upcoming matches. Saturday opened with a UAA conference breakfast in the morning and play began later that afternoon. We took our first match against Carnegie Mellon University to win our UAA opener and run our win streak to 11. Tricia McCutchan played really well with 19 kills and overall it was a great team effort.
Saturday evening, the team took advantage of bargains at the nearby shopping mall in downtown Atlanta. Ellie Lyman, Bre Creegan, Tricia and myself had dinner at the California Pizza kitchen. We were all very impressed with how many people were at the mall and how many stores there were. A lot of the girls went around and bought some of the summer sale items but we made sure to get back in time for curfew.
On Sunday, we battled the New York University Violets in a tough but disappointing match, losing 3-2. We concluded the weekend with a match against the Emory University Eagles. We fought hard throughout the match but lost in three games. After fun memories and tough competition in Atlanta, we returned home late Sunday evening, ready to get back to work.