October 25, 2011

Ashley Rineman Blog #3

Editor's note: Junior All-Capital Athletic Conference libero Ashley Rineman has agreed to write a periodical blog about the 2011 York College volleyball season. Ashley is a nursing major and is one of the Spartans' very good students with a 3.46 GPA. To learn more about Ashley, check out her bio here.

Blog #3 - October 25, 2011

Well a lot has happened since my last blog! If you haven't heard the YCPVB team traveled to Colorado to take on the west!! The team left Thursday night (October 13) at 7:30 en route to BWI to fly out to Denver Colorado!  It was very exciting for all of us especially Kristin Martinak and Noelle Bricker. Neither Kristin nor Noelle have ever flown before! The flight was a four hour trip and then an hour bus ride to get to our final destination: COLORADO SPRINGS!

On Thursday we did a lot of traveling to get to our final destination that all of us didn't feel like going site seeing so instead we decided to hang out at the hotel and go to the Outback Steak House for a team dinner! This was a relaxing time for the team and we shared some good memories!  The next day the team awoke and was off to the gym for our 2:00 pm game, 4:00 pm back in York. When we arrived we were all amazed to see that the altitude of the gym we were playing in was 6,200 ft. For some of us we have difficulty breathing at our altitude level yet alone 6,200ft!!!! Our first opponent was UC Santa Cruz, which was a team from California. This team was a very good team and they defiantly challenged us. We put up a fight against them but fell short in four games. We learned a lot during this game especially on how to block well and read the hitters.

After our Santa Cruz game, we went to what is called the Garden of the Gods. This was a beautiful place were rocks were in different shapes and crazy formations. We saw the kissing camels which were two camels kissing a top a huge red rock. The team also went on a small hike to the next rock called balanced rock. We took many pictures (of course) and also enjoyed a delicious meal at the gardens café.  After our little experience at the Garden of the Gods we headed back to Colorado College to take on the nationally ranked home team.

This game was broadcasted live via their schools website. Unfortunately we fell in three to this team. All in all, the day was filled with learning experiences that made us stronger on the court and also off the court. On Saturday, the team awoke early and was headed to the gym for our game at 10:00 am vs. Chapman from California.  We certainly cleaned up our mistakes this game and came out a lot stronger than we did the day before. We lost in four but it was a better step in the right direction. Our next game  was against Webster College from Missouri. Our team came out the strongest it has out of the weekend. We connected this game and we flowed together in the motions. Our blocking from the front row was great which made the defense's job easier to read and pick up the balls. All together this game was a complete turn around and we finally came away with a W in Colorado!

After our games we went to Manitou Springs to do some shopping and view the town below Pikes Peak (one of the highest mountains at 14,000ft). We all then went back to the hotel to get dressed up for a fun evening of going out to dinner with our assistant coach Josh's family. The dinner was delicious and very filling! I know the team enjoyed this and is very thankful to his mother and father in law for this great experience.  Sunday, our last day, was filled with visiting the Air force Academy and touring the area. Noelle and Kristin both knew students there and Noelle's friend answered all the questions we had about the lifestyle and activities of the cadets.  After the Air Force Academy, we spent time at a local outlet store. (Of course we had to go shopping!) After we all added extras to our luggage we were off to the airport for our 7:45pm flight back home! The trip was a great learning experience for our team as a whole. We saw teams we never saw before and different talents we had to adjust to and learn from. This trip brought a lot of us closer and we learned a lot about each other! We returned to Pennsylvania on Monday morning around 2:30am and thankfully coach gave us Monday off.  I think we all took Monday to rest and recuperate after a great trip.

The team returned to the gym on Tuesday to practice before our game Wednesday against Frostburg.  We focused on game like situations and we also scrimmaged each other at this practice. The only way we can get better is if we push each other and expect the best from our teammates. The team had a good practice on Tuesday and I feel we were prepared to take on Frostburg! Our game Wednesday started off great! We won the first match and were off to a great start! The second game we made our own mistakes and fell to them by a few points. The third game we cleaned up our mistakes and took the game! The team ended up falling in the fourth game but we won the 5th game 15-10. This was a very good win for the team and it defiantly is giving us our confidence back.

The CAC Playoffs are coming up soon but first we will celebrate Senior Day on Saturday afternoon when we host Goucher and Penn State-Berks. I am looking forward to sending off our seniors with a pair of wins on Saturday!

Go Spartans!!