Spring break is always a good time to relax and forget about school for a week, but it is a little different when you’re a spring athlete. We have never had the whole week off because we are in season. This year was the first year that we traveled as a team, unlike in the past when we stayed in Boston to practice and have matches. But this year we scheduled games in California.
We had a great trip, we got to have a few days of fun and then a few days of playing good competition. We left early Wednesday morning, which meant we landed with enough time to hit the beach as soon as we got there. We were the only ones dumb enough to get into the water, but it was definitely worth it. That night we went to a division 1 volleyball match between Lewis and UCLA. The next morning we had a practice and then we went to race go carts and then everyone split off for dinner. A bunch of the guys stayed with the team for dinner but those who had family there, like myself, had the option to go with them instead. Since I don’t get to see my family as frequently I took that opportunity and we got some authentic Mexican food.
Friday was the first of our two game days. We started with an easy warm-up practice in the morning and then played Benedictine first and the Cal Lutheran. Benedictine is an NAIA team so we didn’t know much about them other than what we saw of their match right before we played them. The match was really close and went 5 sets, but we were able to pull it out in the end. We went immediately from that match to the next. The next match went much quicker as we played really well. We were able to beat Cal Lutheran in 3 straight sets. That night we broke off for dinner again and then reconvened at the hotel to watch film for our first match on Saturday.
Saturday morning we had the biggest match of the weekend, we played UC Santa Cruz who is currently rank second in the country. We have already played the teams that are ranked first and third in the country and have lost to both. But we were ready to change our record against top ranked teams. We came out fired up and were able to upset Santa Cruz in 4 sets. After that match it was back to the hotel to pack and have lunch and then head to another school for our final match. We ended our trip playing our coaches old Junior College, who is coached by one of his old teammates, Moor Park College. This match was a good match to get some guy off the bench and in the game. We were able to get every guy some playing time, which allowed our starters to have the opportunity to cheer on those guys like they do for us. We adopted all their distraction techniques and tried to be loader than they usually are. Unfortunately we lost this match, but it was still a good opportunity for guys to get some experience playing against other teams. From Moor Park we drove straight to LA to grab dinner and head to the airport.
It was a quick trip, but it was better than staying in Boston for the whole break. Thanks for reading!