June 1, 2009
RICCIONE, Italy -Day three of the team's long-awaited Italy trip is off and running (no pun intended).
After completing a morning training session of some skill work, possession and fitness, we hopped on the bus and are headed towards the small, but lively, beach town of Riccone. It is a four-hour bus ride through the beautiful, green Italian countryside. Although it's a long ride, 'Shrek' has come along to keep us all entertained, even though the majority of us have been napping due to our 17-hour day in Rome yesterday.
We arrived in Riccione in the early afternoon. It was a perfect day to relax and catch up on some sleep before our first game on May 29. After a morning training session and a quick hotel check-in, the team had lots of free time to explore the town before dinner. The players and staff varied in their activities. Several of the players' families joined us on the trip, so some student-athletes put in quality family time, while others went to the beautiful beach and caught some sun or did some shopping. It was a relaxing day for all of us.