Causing a Racquet - Michelle Brycki
Oct. 6, 2009
Itis difficult to pack for a climate that is so different to the one you have spent the last 6 weeks in. It's hard to picture yourself needing to wear sweat-shirts and sweat-pants, when just going outside in Arizona makes you sweat. However when Sheila hands us the weather report for Oakland California for the next few days, Kelcy's reaction sums up our excitement - 'Oh I'm so excited to pack warm clothes.'We have all been full of anticipation and energy during our last week of practice on our newly resurfaced courts. With our favourite tunes playing over our music system each day and the sun putting a rose in our cheeks, we were rearing and ready to hit the road and play the Cal Nike Invitational tournament.
We arrive early afternoon on Thursday at Cal Berkeley to practice before the tournament starts the following day. While concentrating hard on making this a really good practice session for ourselves, we were enlightened when Clint (our assistant coach) announces that he has never hit the ball so well. 'That's great Clint, I'm really happy for you. That's going to come in real handy this weekend.' I say. But wait there's more... we are then shocked when Clint continues to point out that he is the best player on our team. Subsequently, we establish him to be our MVP. Congratulations Clint. We are so proud of you.
When matches began on Friday, there was great competition all round with 7 All Americans in the draw, two of which were Sun Devils Kelcy McKenna and Micaela Hein. We all battled through some tough matches to get some wins under our belt, and all had a taste of success. Kelcy and Mica both made the singles quarterfinals, and played some great matches to make the semi finals of the doubles - going down to a team who are top 5 in the country, and who ended up winning the tournament.
On our last night, we put on every piece of clothing we had brought, and took a drive over the Bay Bridge to have dinner in the city. This was exciting for me as I had never been into San Francisco. We had a lovely dinner and experience at Scoma's restaurant on Pier 47, and then walked to the famous Ghirardelli Chocolate store, where we didn't have any chocolate. (That's what we told Sheila anyway...)We enjoyed each others company all weekend, and supported each other really well like true Sun Devils. It was great to play competitively again after the summer break, and we look forward to some solid wins in our upcoming tournaments.Good luck to Kelcy and Mica who are competing in the All Americans in L.A this week.