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nationals. day 4.



These are journal entries, and sorry for the delay. I’ll try to get the last of them up tonight.

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This morning was our match vs. Pennsylvania. Team lost, 3-2 and Erica and I lost 6-2, 6-2.

They were really beatable, but it was one of those situations when a strong person is carrying 9/10 of the load. We couldn’t keep it away from the strong person. She was everywhere.

Also, it was hot. 100 degrees and hotter on the court. Really a lot different from Portland.

Positives–we didn’t play badly. I served well. Used the flexpoint 6 @ 59# for service games and the Wilson for everything else. I can’t serve with that Wilson. I think it’s a bit head light or maybe just evenly balanced. My flexpoint is slightly head heavy.

Anyway. We communicated well. Just couldn’t find our way around the dominant player.

Negatives–I wanted everyone to be successful. Also, we are probably out of contention for the final rounds.

There’s not a lot of shade at the courts so there wasn’t a whole lot of relief from the heat.

After the match, I was kind of introspective. I wasn’t upset about our loss, or the team’s loss. It was kind of that the emotion of the whole thing got to me. It’s taken a long time to get to this point. As captain there has been a lot of weight on my shoulders. I really felt it today. I was a little teary throughout the afternoon–not upset, just emotional.

After it was all over, the whole team, except Erica, went to Macaroni Grill. I had spaghetti and meatballs, a huge portion…and I never wanted anything so much in my life. It was exactly, precisely what I wanted.

I think I sat two spots away from Denise. We didn’t talk. It didn’t feel uncomfortable for me.

Afterward, back to my room. I’m taking lots of showers and was happy to have clean sheets tonight. Will be asleep soon.

Tomorrow, two matches. Hawaii and Florida. I hope everyone holds up ok. I’m not worried about myself, but I know some people are really struggling with the heat. I don’t like it and I’m not at my best, but I can handle it.



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