Michigan Day One: Long Traveling and Rebounding

Sept. 18, 2009

Over six hours of flying, 12 hours of total travel and three hours time difference.


That’s what the Oregon State volleyball team was up against yesterday on its way to Ann Arbor, Mich., for the Michigan ADIDAS Invitational.


The team had the entire day off on Thursday before getting ready to play today at 8:00 a.m. PT. Despite a five-set heartbreaker against No. 27 Dayton at Cliff Keen Arena, the Beavs have already put the match behind them. Oregon State faces Marquette tonight at 2:30 p.m. PT, a team it beat last season at the Golden Eagles’ home.


Other happenings around Ann Arbor this weekend include a football game tomorrow against Eastern Michigan. The Beavers will be transitioning over to the Crisler Arena, where mainly basketball is played, to wrap up the weekend against No. 6 Michigan.


Freshman middle blocker Ashley Eneliko received the most playing time in a match today against the Flyers after junior Kiersten Sambrailo went down with an ankle injury late in the first set. She shared her thoughts on how the season is going thus far and her opinions on her own play.


September 18, 2009

2:20 p.m.


Weeks and weeks have passed and we, the Oregon State volleyball team, have continued to grow mentally and physically as individuals and as a team. One thing I know that I will have to get used to is the traveling, which gets interesting every time. This weekend we had a long trip to make here to Michigan. On the plane ride here, Brittney Belshe had to sit next to an old man who would not stop talking to her. It was funny because she was trying to listen to her music but the guy kept bothering her. He would even rub her leg while trying to start a conversation. Going into this weekend, I knew that I had to be ready and expect the unexpected. I was more calm and confident with my playing in practice, and I wanted to bring that attitude and play to my game if I were to be put in this weekend. I was excited for our team because I know how good we are and was excited to play. As for this morning, we did lose, however we knew that it was a tough loss. Although most of us believe that we could have done better, we have to leave that in the past and play this next game. We need to play aggressively, make smarter plays and stay together mentally and physically as a team. I am excited for our team and pumped for the rest of the weekend and the competition ahead.

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