This past week Paige and I moved out of one apartment and into another. We had to move all of our stuff down three flights of stairs on a couple of very hot days! But we got it done and we absolutely love our new place.
Summer workouts and summer school is now over. I would say this summer was very successful! I know for a fact that we all got quicker and stronger and we had a ton of fun while doing it. Our last day was Friday and we had "Friday Funday." We had weights at 7 a.m. but then we played kickball and wiffleball in the arena. It was so much fun! It was pretty funny how competitive we got during the games. Now we have three weeks off to go home.
Yesterday was my first day home and today was my first full day. I've already had home-grown sweet corn, Georgia peaches and homemade spaghetti. I definitely missed eating at home! I'm looking forward to being back home for a little bit and hopefully getting a nice tan at the pool!
Peace, Love and Basketball.
Only three more days of workouts! I feel like I barely remember June and now July is almost over. But this summer has been great!
We have today off from workouts, but our team is going to a community service project at Coyote Hill. I've heard that we will be painting a basketball court. Should be fun!
This week is already crazy. Since its our last week of classes, everyone has finals or a final project due this week. Also, most of us are moving into new apartments for the school year, so we are all trying to pack and clean our old places. I am not a big fan of packing, moving or cleaning, so this week is going to be a little rough. Most of us are moving into apartments with one another. Paige and I are moving in with Christine, Liz is moving in with Sydney and Kendra is moving in with Maggie.
After this week, we get three weeks off to go home. Then the school year starts up and we start pre-season workouts.
I think quite a few of us are taking vacations when we get home. Maggie and I are both making trips to Hilton Head, S.C. with our families, Paige is going to West Virginia, Christine is going on a cruise, Sydney is making a trip to Chicago and those are only the ones I know of. It might be a competition when we all come back in August to see who got the best tan.
Peace, Love and Basketball.
This past weekend, most of the members of our team went on a float trip on the Meramec River. It was a ton of fun! We had one big raft and a bunch of tubes and we floated for almost six hours and we ended up floating seven miles. I think we only lost a couple pairs of sandals, two pairs of sunglasses and not all of us got cuts or bruises from the rocks. So the weekend was a definite success.
Monday our team had our best workout of the summer. It started with conditioning at the indoor football field. It was blazing hot, but we stuck together and ran hard. We did ten sideline to sideline sprints. Then we had a great weightlifting workout. We finished up the day with five on five and we played eight intense games. All of us played all out and pushed each other. Afterwards in the locker room, we all decided that was the best we have played all summer. It is always easier to make it through the tough workouts when you have your 11 sisters next to you.
The final two players left for me to introduce are seniors Kendra Frazier and Bailey Gee, both of Kansas.
Kendra's favorite thing to do at home is to see her family and her favorite thing to do in Columbia is to eat out. She loves Chipotle. Two things you may not know about Kendy is that she was in the National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC and she was the valedictorian of her class. Kendra said the main thing she has learned during her time at MU is how to do her own laundry. The biggest difference for her from being a freshman to now being a senior is that she knows her way around campus and Columbia.
Bailey's favorite thing to do at home is to hang out with her family and friends. In Columbia, she likes to go to the different MU sporting events. Her favorite restaurant in Columbia is Macaroni Grill. Two things you may not know about Bay is that she used to be a cheerleader and she can play the guitar. Sometimes she will play for us and she's really good at singing too! The one thing Bailey has learned over the years is to not take things for granted. Now being a senior, Bailey has noticed her leadership role on the team has changed and after 3 and a half years, she finally knows her way around the engineering building!
Only two more weeks of summer workouts and classes!
Peace, Love and Basketball.
I can't believe summer is almost over already! We have about 2 weeks left of workouts, and 3 weeks until we start practice. It is flying by so fast! But it isn't stopping us from working hard.
We are still lifting every day and conditioning Tuesday's and Thursday's, Thursday's in the sand. Which can be fun but also very challenging.
Anyways, we are so excited to have our new freshies here with us! We now have a complete team, and I couldn't be more excited to see what we will be able to accomplish. All of us are putting in so much hard work in the weight room and on the court that success will hopefully come to us this next season. Everyone is working well together and having fun which will make for an amazing next six months and beyond.
Our doubles games each day are starting to get very competitive, which is a great prelude into season. When it comes to the Tiger Challenge, black team is still winning...YUCK. GO GOLD :) If it is a physical challenge, black team wins. But if we have to think or sprint, it usually goes to the gold.
One of the goals we talked about in our meeting last week for next year is to be an Academic All-American team and with how all of our summer classes are going, I think we may just accomplish it! I can't wait to see what this season has in store for all of us, but until then we are going to continue to work hard and better ourselves. I hope Molly is having fun in Peru with the National Team!
We are finishing up these last two weeks by going hard!
Paige Buchanan #12
We had our one and only stair workout of the summer on Monday. We were in the arena and we ran up a flight of stairs 16 times. We did jumps, bounds, and sprints up the stairs. It wasn't too bad, but all of our legs were feeling kind of shaky by the end of it!
This past weekend, a group of us made a trip to the Lake of the Ozarks to Maggie's family's condo. It was Sydney, Kendra, Maggie, me and a former player, Bekah Mills. We had a great time and got some pretty nice tans! It was a perfect, relaxing weekend.
We calculated how many hours we have left of workouts for the summer on Monday and it is only 33 more hours! We had a team meeting with Coach P on Monday and it helped us to get recharged for working hard these last couple of weeks. The main goal for us these last couple weeks is to push ourselves even when we are feeling exhausted.
Now I would like to introduce two of our seniors, Bre Brock and Christine Flores. Both are from San Antonio, Texas.
Bre doesn't get to travel home very often because of the distance, but her favorite thing to do when she is home is to hang out with her family. Bre is really close to her family. We are always hearing her talk about her nieces! Her favorite thing to do in Columbia is go to the movies and her favorite restaurant here is CC Broilers. Two things you may not know about Breezer is that she can sew (I didn't even know that!) and she absolutely loves children. One thing Bre has learned over her years at MU is that there is nothing wrong with asking for help. Bre said the biggest difference from being a freshman to now being a senior is the accountability. As a freshman, it was all about being new to the "college life" but now as a senior its all about being accountable, dependable and being able to help the younger girls on the team.
Christine's favorite thing to do at home is to hang with her family and friends. Christine has younger twin siblings that she loves spending time with. Her favorite thing to do in Columbia is going outside with her two dogs, Riley and NuNu and going to Devil's Icebox. Her favorite restaurant in Columbia is Gumby's. Two things you may not know about Cflo are that she can do the splits and that she used to play the flute. One thing Christine has learned over the years is how to manage her time better. The biggest change for her is the amount of discipline she now has and she has noticed that her work effort changed.
Peace, Love and Basketball.
This past week we finished up our June session
of summer workouts. Our first month
really flew by! In the weight room, I think
it is safe to say that all of us got much stronger. All of our weights were constantly increasing
in the exercises. Now in July, we will
be doing more conditioning. In June, we
did more agilities. We are also doing
conditioning four times a week now instead of the two times a week that we were
doing in June. Only one more month of
This past weekend, all of us went out of
town. Some people went home, some went
to different lakes, Sydney went to Tennessee and Paige even went to Los
Angeles. I went home on Friday, spent
all of Saturday at Baring Lake in Edina, Mo. and went to Kansas City on Monday
to watch fireworks before heading back to Columbia. From the sound of it today in the locker
room, everyone had a great holiday weekend.
Now I will let you in on sophomore Maggie
Flynn and junior Sydney Crafton.
Maggie's favorite thing to do when she goes
home is eat at the local restaurants such as Mr. D's and Mustang Sally's. But her favorite restaurant in Columbia is
Flat Branch. Her favorite thing to do in
Columbia is to hang out with her friends and teammates. Maggie's favorite memory from last year was
our trip to the Virgin Islands and playing against Tennessee and beating
Georgetown. Two things you may not know
about Mag are that her right pinky finger does not ever straighten. The injury happened in high school, but now
instead of giving high fives, she gives high four and a halfs. Also, Maggie drives a Jeep named
Beverly. Something that Maggie has
learned about Sydney is that Syd always just goes with the flow and that she is
an easy going farm girl.
Sydney's favorite thing to do at home is to go
to her grandparent's farm and help out.
She does a variety of chores like raking hay and mowing the yard. Her favorite thing to do in Columbia is to
hang out with the team. Sydney's
favorite restaurant in Columbia is Red Lobster.
Syd's favorite memory of last year was beating Iowa State on Senior
Night by one in the final seconds of the game.
Two things you may not know about her is that she loves country music,
especially George Strait, and that she drives a stick shift. Something that Sydney has learned about
Maggie is that Maggie is really outspoken, loud and always has something
positive to say.
Two weeks fire free!
Peace, Love and Basketball.
This past weekend we had Individual Camp. All of us worked the camp and it was a lot of fun. This was my first time to actually coach younger girls. Each of us was given a team of about 10 girls and the teams played each other throughout camp. I really enjoyed coaching and it was awesome to see the girls improve with each game. It was fun to see all of the different personalities of the younger girls in the camp and to see their personalities come out as they got more comfortable with us.
Monday was our first day to have agilities in the Divine Indoor Practice Facility. For the sophomores, it was our first time to have a workout on the indoor football field. The workout went really well! It was good to get in a workout in a different environment. After agilities, we had weights and then open gym. Needless to say, we were all worn out after Monday's workouts.
Now I will let you in on a little more about me and my roommate and fellow sophomore, Paige Spietz.
Paige's favorite thing to do when she goes home is to play sand volleyball with her family and friends on the sand volleyball court at her house and to hang out on the Spietz farm. Her favorite thing to do in Columbia is grilling out at our apartment and her favorite restaurant in Columbia is El Rancho. Her favorite memory from last year is our trip to the Virgin Islands. Two things you may not know about Paige is that she loves playing ping pong and she loves listening to country music. Paige said something she has learned about me is that I could eat cereal for every meal, which is very true.
Now it's my turn. My favorite thing to do when I go home is to go out to eat with family and friends. I also love seeing my horses. We just got our fourth horse the other day! My favorite thing to do in Columbia is to go to the pools with my teammates or going to football games. I absolutely love Chipotle here in Columbia. My favorite memory from last year would actually be all of the memories we made as a team on the road trips, in hotels, at restaurants, and on the buses. Two things you may not know about me is that I can play the harp and piano and that I once broke both of my wrists at the same time because I fell off my scooter. Both of my arms were in tie-dye casts! Something I have learned about Paige is that she has a sick obsession with sour cream and that she is always "down to clown." Meaning that Paige can always find the fun in something. There is never a dull moment around her and you can almost always hear laughter around us.
Oh! I almost forgot, Paige and I are now one week free of any fires happening in our apartment!
Peace, Love and Basketball.
Teamwork is Togetherness, Excellence, Accountability, Motivation, Will, Optimism, Respect and Knowledge.
When a team is at its best, all the individuals-top to bottom- are working together for a common goal. Egos have no place. Who gets the credit is of no importance. The team, in turn, makes the individual better. A team has to put their personal interests aside and in other words, "Die to self!" We can't win every game by ourselves; it takes the whole team to win the game. The more that our teammates can do, the better off the team will be. A team shouldn't care who gets the most kills, aces, assists, blocks, or digs. At the end of the game, all that matters is if we won as a TEAM!
Human nature compels us to look out for ourselves first and think of others second. But we are supposed to live a life of serving others. We should put others first even when we are asked to do the unthinkable. For example, if you had to decide being the coach with the best record, the leading scorer on the team, or the team manager which would you choose and why? I am sure most of us wouldn't choose to be the manager...But thank you Matthew Porter for stepping up to the plate for that one!
The natural tendency for the spotlight can cause us not to value serving others as much as we should. The challenge for our team this year is that we step out beyond our comfort zone and be the team we know we can be; sharing the qualities it takes to have TEAMWORK.
A leader is about Love, Encouragement, Attitude, Discipline, Enduring, and Responsibility.
Being a leader is about living a life without gaps - being one of integrity and great character. Who are you when no one is looking? In sports, the presence of gaps can be costly. For a football team, it may be an offensive lineman who misses an assignment and gives his defensive opponent a clear shot at the quarterback. For a soccer or hockey team, it may be a goalkeeper who drifts too far from their post and gives the opposing offense a wide-open shot. For a volleyball team, it may be a hitter who transitioned early instead of blocking and left an open net for the opposing middle hitter and leaving her defensive teammate a chance to dig a ball straight to the face. No matter the sport, one thing remains the same: gaps can negatively impact an athlete's or a team's chance at success.
Our other team challenge this year is to take our eyes off of ourselves and cheer on those around us, living without gaps. Our encouragement and words of praise will make a difference! Completing our challenge will show that Mizzou Volleyball has taken over the sports world and started motivating, encouraging, and inspiring through building up. Our team will show that we are the team that sets the standard, everywhere you turn, Mizzou Volleyball will be the example team that refreshes, builds, and brings life into the locker room, the court, and our team huddle; that we become committed to infusing life into others through our intentional words of nourishment. People will feast off our encouragement, and ladies, "WE WILL CONQUER THE BEAST!" Proverbs 14:23 says, "There is profit in all hard work..." In other words- "LET'S DO WORK!!" J
Week two flew by! During the week we had our elite camp and this weekend we had the team camp. Most of us worked both camps and they went really well. This weekend, us players had to run the game clocks for all the games. So, there wasn't a lot of excitement this weekend, until Paige and I came home.
On Friday, our apartment got repainted and Paige and I had to take everything off the countertops. I put a cardboard box of Gushers in the oven. Can you see where this is going yet? Paige and I being the excellent chefs that we are, decided to bake fish that night. We forgot about the box. We noticed smoke coming out of the stove top and from the bottom of the oven. We opened the oven door and realized the box of Gushers was on fire! At first, we were kind of panicking but somehow we got it together and performed under pressure. Paige grabbed the fire extinguisher and shoved it on to me and told me to "use it!!" I had never used a fire extinguisher before and couldn't figure out how to use it. With the smoke getting heavier, I told to grab the scissors, I cut the plastic safety loop, pulled the pin, and shot the extinguisher. By this point, our entire apartment was filled with smoke and our apartment was covered in the dust from the extinguisher. So after a long day at the gym working camp, we got to come home and put out a fire, and then clean the kitchen and give the oven a really good scrubbing. At times, our apartment still smells like smoke. There's never a dull moment around here.
Now I want to introduce you to two of our new girls. Junior college transfer, Liz Smith, and freshmen Morgan Eye. I was able to catch up with them Monday after we scrimmaged.
Liz said her transition from her junior college to Mizzou hasn't been too bad. The hardest part is the classes. At her JC, her classes weren't too difficult for her and she only had two hours of class three times a week. Now, she has class everyday. She is taking Sociology of Family Life and Health Professions. Liz wants to go into physical therapy. Liz said her biggest challenge since being here is getting used to playing at the next level, against stronger girls and with a higher intensity. Liz is excited for this year and the change of scenery that it brings. When she took her visit, she said she loved the campus, even though the size of the campus means a lot of walking to get to class. Liz really likes how Coach P is able to bring everyone on the team together. There is such a mixture of personalities, yet there is no clashing. Finally, I asked Liz about her roommate Morgan Eye. Liz said Morgan loves That 70's Show, a TV show, and has a pretty strong country accent.
Next was Morgan Eye. Morgan is from an extremely small town, Montrose, Mo. She said her adjustment from a small town to Mizzou hasn't been too bad. It's a lot bigger here but it's not too crazy yet. Then again, it's only the summer. There will be about 30,000 more people on campus in a few months. Morgan's biggest challenge has been playing with a new team. The girls she had previously played with were the same girls she had been playing with her entire career. She is figuring out how to play at a faster tempo with a greater amount of toughness. Morgan said she is having fun living in the dorms and meeting new people. She said they did their laundry for the first time and it took longer than it should have. Also, Bree (Fowler) had to wash her clothes twice because she used too much detergent the first time. I remember those days. I think my mom had to walk me through my first laundry experience. Morgan said she has learned that Liz is half Filipino and always making funny comments.
I think it is safe to say that all of the new girls are really enjoying their time here at Mizzou.
Peace, Love and Basketball.
Hey Mizzou Volleyball fans!
The team is back at it and working very hard! The summer is very important for our team because we take classes, we do team workouts and we have open gyms.
Our team workouts are Monday- Thursday from 6am to 8am. These workouts consist of lifting and conditioning. We also spend time working on agility and quickness. Coach Stewart is in charge of these workouts and he makes us work really hard. Since last week was our first week, a lot of people were tired and sore including me! The team also spends time playing doubles. We started a tournament in which we pick doubles partners at random and then we play all the other teams. We end up playing 3-4 games to 15 and we keep track of how many games everyone wins. At the end of June there will be one winner, which will be the person with the best record. This is really fun because it gives everyone a chance to play with and against everyone. And it also gives everyone a chance to play all positions since we play 2 vs. 2 (Everyone is required to pass, set and hit at some point). This summer we have decided to have open gym Monday -Thursday right after we're done with workouts. On Monday and Wednesday we play indoors and on Tuesday and Thursday we play outside on the sand courts.
We have also added another member to our team, Melissa Hartsel! She is one of our new freshmen and she is joining us for summer workouts. So far she is doing a great job!! She joins Brit, Niki, Lisa and I on the BLACK TEAM for Tiger Challenge!
We're getting excited for the upcoming season and we hope all you are too!!!