Shelly Swendig is contributing to the SFA Volleyball Blog for the second straight season.
Sept. 9, 2008
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The SFA Volleyball blog is in its third year of existence, with senior outside hitter Shelly Swendig chronicling the weekly travels, adventures and successes of the four-time defending Southland Conference champion Ladyjacks. Check back each Tuesday for weekly editions.
Thursday evening we left for Dallas, the home of many Ladyjacks, for the SMU tournament. Fortunately, we got a bus much larger than the one we had in Ohio/Kentucky, so it was a good start for the weekend. We arrived at the lovely Radisson around 10pm, so there really was not much time for shenanigans, except for raiding a pumpkin patch in the Schott room.
Friday morning we got off to a relatively early start for our match at 11am against the University of New Orleans, whose coach is from Hungaria, which we learned in the spring (as opposed to Hungary). It was a hard-fought match, but we came out on top in four. After the match we were given the always satisfying and always-delicious Jason's Deli boxed lunch. There is nothing better than a pickle-flavored chocolate chip cookie. Some of us stayed in the locker room to watch part of the most profound show on television: Next.
We watched the SMU and Montana match after we ate, and pretty soon it was time to start preparing for our next match against Montana. If I remember correctly, most of the games were close, but we ended up losing in four.
Bummed, but not without hope of redemption on Saturday against SMU, we headed to the Ellis household for some good home cookin'. The food was superb, and I am pretty sure that I could have eaten an entire pan of gooey butter cake if I was given the chance. We also were able to play a little Guitar Hero, - one of the greatest games ever, - as well as rummage through Sydney's room. She had a special statue that caught our attention and the largest collection of chapstick I have ever seen, and MC was afraid to make an electronic game mad at her. We eventually left and went back to the hotel- unfortunately without seeing Nastia Liukin who lives in the same town. Saturday we went to La Madeleine for lunch, where we lingered for a while, and then we went on a very short shopping excursion to Mockingbird Station. Finally it was time to play SMU. Some former Ladyjacks were in attendance and almost everyone on the team had some sort of fan club at the game, so there was definitely some excitement in the air - not to mention that a victory would give us the title of "tournament champions".
We started off the first game pretty flat and lost, and while we were hanging in there for the second game, we were not quite able to finish and dropped that one as well. Not to worry though, your Ladyjacks picked it up and won the next three games, enabling us to tote the victors' trophy. We fled campus as quickly as possible, as it was the home opener for SMU football and "not-just-the-month--an-era" June, but not without stopping to pick up our orders from La Madeleine. That is not a typo, we went there twice in the same day - it is just that good.
This week is going to be rather hectic for us, as we travel to the University of Louisiana-Lafayette on Tuesday, then have four home matches on the weekend: Oklahoma on Friday at 7pm, Rice at 2pm and Creighton at 7:30pm on Saturday, and UT-Pan American on Sunday at 1pm. So if you do not have plans this weekend, come on out! And if you do have plans, change them, or make arrangements because there is going to be some good volleyball going on in William R. Johnson Coliseum this weekend. BOOYA!
Word of the Week:Jejune - adj. naive, simplistic, and superficial
Ex: Despite its extremely predictable story lines and predominately jejune characters, it is a great misfortune that we will miss the season finale of The Secret Life of the American Teenager on Tuesday; but if we are going to miss it anyways, we might as well take down some Ragin' Cajuns.