Women's Volleyball Blog: Alex Fisher

Dec. 2, 2009

Greetings friends,

As your resident blogger for the week, I am blessed with the opportunity to update y'all on our Stanford volleyball lives. Last week was wonderful. First of all, we had no school. All week. Very few universities can boast that. Secondly, we were able to have Thanksgiving with our families. This is something that you cannot take for granted when you live your life on the road, traveling the Pac-10 from school to school.

For example, we spent last Thanksgiving trapped in a hotel in Eugene, Ore., for the entirety of our week off. Most people had family in town for the occasion, but my family was off at my little brother's soccer tournament (I think?) and couldn't make it. I was lonely and missed my family, so in a moment of weakness, I purchased a teddy bear from the hotel gift shop. 'Theodore' the bear sat next to me at Thanksgiving dinner in lieu of my family. Pathetic, I know. Just when I thought things couldn't get worse, I tasted the hotel's 'stuffing'--aptly retitled by our very own Katherine Sebastian, 'the moist crouton dish.' Needless to say, playing at home this year was a pleasant surprise.

Other reasons this week was great:1. Senior night was a real treat. Thanks to the 5,000 plus fans who made it so special :)
2. Alix Klineman registered 33 kills against Cal and saved our butts time and time again. Klineman for Heisman.
3. 15-4 in the 5th. Enough said.
4. Returning to the locker room after an amazing comeback and watching Washington fall to Oregon on Gametracker. Screaming, hugging, tears of joy... all that girly stuff. One of the most amazing moments of my career. We are the Pac-10 champions.
5. Receiving the 4th overall rank in the NCAA tournament AND home court advantage until the Final Four... and even then we've got Janet's hometown advantage working for us there.

That pretty much sums up the week. We are beyond excited for the tournament to start this coming Friday against Long Island. We're working hard to get all of our school work done so that we can focus on volleyball for the next three weeks. In fact, as I write this, I'm sitting in the Athletic Academic Resource Center watching Karissa diligently read a book for IHUM and Gabi do something that seems productive on the computer over yonder... Janet is undoubtedly in a library somewhere on campus, and Joanna is likely already done with her work and in the process of baking squash.

Hope all is well with you guys.

Until next week,

Fisher

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