Posted by: Kelly
Winter Quarter: Where did you go? It was here and then vanished into thin air. Last quarter was the prime time for Cal Poly Women’s Club Volleyball. (I know this is a blog for my department, but I’m going to take this time to brag about my volleyball team and how I think everyone should enjoy extra-curricular activities outside of school 🙂
Juggling school, sports and clubs can be difficult, but it is definitely something that everyone can manage to do. Take the Club Volleyball players for instance: We are gone literally every weekend (from October to April) for tournaments. We practice late at night on weekdays; we drive ourselves to tournaments; pay for our own gas, food and uniforms; give up our social lives and devote out free time during the week to school work.
The wonderful thing about club sports is that if you have a three-day tournament, the school excuses you from your classes, since you are representing Cal Poly. Teachers, especially in smaller major specific classes, are very respectful about us taking time off of school to do something that we enjoy. Although they may not like taking extra time outside of office hours to help us with the information we miss, our teachers are dedicated to getting us the best education they can. I am truly thankful for all of my teachers who have taken extra time out of their day to help me get the information I missed (hint: my Crop Physiology professor Dr. Garner and my Agricultural Irrigation Systems professor Dr. Gaudi).
On the second week of Spring Quarter, my team, along with 132 women’s teams and 108 men’s teams from all across the country took time off of school to travel to Houston, Texas. We competed in the NCVF Collegiate Club Volleyball Championships… also known as Nationals. My lovely, perfect, talented and not to mention very tan team, has been together since October and has dedicated every weekend to playing the sport we love. This means missing birthdays, missing sorority and fraternity events and missing out on the typical college weekend life. But, on April 9th, at 8 pm., we all realized why we had given these things up. That night, we became National Champions!!! Throughout the weekend, we defeated University of Kansas, Boston College, University of Minnesota, Baylor University, Michigan State, Ohio State, University of Texas and Marquette.
Needless to say, this was one of the greatest weekends of my life. I love my team and do not know who I would be without them. We are all best friends and I am incredibly sad that the season is over, but I couldn’t have asked to end on a better note. Everyone on this 2011 team has influenced me in a positive way and I will never forget the hilarious memories we have together. So, my main point of all this is… if you ever have a chance to be a part of an extra-curricular activity, or a sport… DO IT! You will not regret it and it will change your life and open up your world to meeting new shining faces and people you will become best friends with.
Plus….when you play like a winner, you eat like a winner: this is what champs eat! YUM!