Arizona Day One: Pink Night against Arizona

Oct. 9, 2009

The team is currently taking part in a serve and pass session in the McKale Center, getting ready for tonight’s match against the Wildcats.


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and each team in the Pac-10 hosts a “pink” match. While the Beavers’ Spike Out Cancer is next Friday against No. 7 Stanford, tonight match is No. 22 Arizona’s Breast Cancer Awareness match is tonight. This is a similar feeling as last season, when Oregon State hosted its inaugural Spike Out Cancer, sweeping the Wildcats. Hopefully the Beavers can have the same outcome this season.


After over five hours of travel, including helping honor an Air Force officer returning home from Iraq on the flight from Phoenix to Tucson, the Beavers finally reached their destination. The bus ride from the Tucson Airport was full of entertainment and laughs as the team took part in different games with freshman Camille Saxton providing the majority of the entertainment.


As soon as the team arrived at the hotel, it enjoyed a delicious dinner of fajitas and nachos, true to the area and different than most meals on the road. After breakfast this morning, the team took part in an hour practice, complete with scouting pennies to wrap up the session.


Sophomore defensive specialist Betsy Devich sat down to share her thoughts on the trip and the season.


October 9, 2009

3:45 p.m.


The Arizona trip was made safe and sound. We arrived at our hotel in Tucson around 8:30 p.m. last night. This morning's practice was good. We took some time earlier this week getting used to the type of ball that Arizona uses – Nike. Believe me, there is a difference. Just ask one our freshmen, who took a good hit in the face this morning during a warm-up drill. Before we got on the bus for practice, Jill had a magic trick played on her by a stranger. He told her she had hair just like his grandson...thus, I got some good blogging material. We just ate pre-game meal and are getting ready to head to the gym for a big match against U of A. This is their pink match for breast cancer awareness, so it should be a fun night. We're all pumped and ready to play like its match point, every point. GO BEAVS!

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