Colorado State Day Two: Time to Face the Students
Aug. 29, 2009
The Beavers started off the season with a win in their season opener, something that has been done all five seasons that Taras Liskevych has been head coach. But the next question comes tonight – can the Beavers extend it to two with a win over No. 24 Colorado State in its home gym?
Before the team left Moby Arena last night, it started filling up quickly with Colorado State fans. The school year started for students at Colorado State on Monday. Talking with staff and students from CSU, they said that volleyball is pretty much the main sport that everyone gets excited for in the fall, more so than even football. I guess with 14 straight postseason appearances, that starts a large following.
One thing that’s different with this team when it travels, and is pointed out by the different support staff members who don’t travel often with it, is the food. Back in Corvallis, Raul definitely rules the kitchen with him and his staff whipping up delicious pre-game meals. But on the road, the team has just as great success, and this trip is no exception. The chefs at the Hilton in Fort Collins have outdone themselves. Every meal has been delicious, and they definitely get the team fueled and amped up for each match. Whether it’s chicken, beef, pork or the delicious pasta recipes, each one is great.
Coming off a solid nine-kill night, senior outside hitter Bree Knitter sat down to talk about her thoughts on the trip and what’s gone on so far.
August 28, 2009
Congratulations to the whole team on our first win and starting the season off undefeated. The energy on the court has been completely different than previous seasons, and I feel like the Doc Ali mental preparation has really been working. As great as it felt to win, we are quickly putting that behind us and getting ready to take on our next opponent. Tonight we play Colorado State in their home gym and judging by the turn out they had last night, it’s going to be a blast. We are looking to have another big win like we did against them in Hawai’i my sophomore year. This morning we got up and had another delicious (seriously, it’s bomb) breakfast at the Hilton buffet followed by a team scouting meeting and a few fun activities with Doc Ali. These activities help us to get our minds right by focusing on themes like being relentless and expecting every ball, as well as being fun and bringing the team closer as a unit. After that, we went back over to the gym and practiced for about an hour; nothing too intense, just a little tactical practice for tonight. Because Britt Belshe is my roommate, I have been hanging out with her and the “lucky” Mexican jumping beans on our time off. Hopefully they bring us more luck tonight. Now it’s time to go out and be battling Beavs.