It has been just over a week since the LCVB returning players and new recruits reported to campus to start the 2011 volleyball season!
On Saturday, August 20, we were all given the opportunity to meet a previous Lewis & Clark volleyball team. This team won conference and finished runner-up in the national championships in 1986. After talking to the players one-on-one about the school subject that each studied, the changes in volleyball over the years, and what allowed this specific team to achieve victory, head coach, Ron Kay gave an inspirational speech on his experiences working with this extraordinary group of women.
The opportunity to meet such an iconic volleyball team was the perfect start to a very busy week and a great preseason. On Sunday, after a day full of meetings with various members of the Athletic Department, the returning sophomores, Kayla Ernewein, Alicia Callejo-Black, Erika James, and Kelsie Dorpat, surprised the team with a scavenger hunt through downtown Portland, taking us from the waterfront and Naito Parkway to Powell’s Bookstore on Burnside.
Having enjoyed a great team bonding experience the night before, on Monday morning LCVB was ready to jump into the first day of preseason camp. During the summer, each player worked hard to prepare for the start of season, and those efforts are visible every time we play. It has been one week since the beginning of tryouts, and LCVB is well on its way to becoming a dominant force in the Northwest Conference. Now, as school begins we will learn to manage our time in order to balance both academics and athletics, especially as we prepare for the fast-approaching 2011 season, beginning with our first matches this coming weekend!