Tuesday, December 4, 2012
CONGRATULATIONS CHANTALE RIDDLE!!!
Chantale was recently selected to the All-West Region First Team!!
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Monday, December 3, 2012
2012 End of the Year Party
Lena picking out her white elephant gift.
2012 team and staff photo
Alijah's secret Santa gift from Jordan
Alijah and Jordan
Lena, Jenn and I celebrating the end of the season!
Our lone senior and soon to be medical student!
Lena and Jeff posing for a photo after the party!
Friday, June 15, 2012
Day 11: The final chapter of this incredible journey consisted of a long day of travel. We awoke early at our comfortable Ibis hotel in Milan and made the quick drive to the airport. We said our good-byes to Elsa, her mother and family friend El-el as they continued their adventures in Europe with some relatives in France. The flight from Milan to Atlanta was a little more grueling on the way home. 10 hours crammed in a small seat isn’t the most fun, but it gave me time to reflect on such a fabulous trip. Firstly, having the opportunity to gain such a rich cultural experience – roaming through ruins that are older than our country, eating new foods, listening to other languages – was priceless. Secondly, playing volleyball in a different country, being ambassadors of the United States, and competing against a different system was exhilarating and really great for the future lobos. I am so glad I got to share this experience with my lobo family before my time at UNM comes to a close. I am so thankful for all the hard work, dedication and passion every one – coaches, administrators, players, family and fans – put into making this trip a reality. I am going to miss Albuquerque and Johnson Center, but will always know I can call it home. Kelly Williamson #13
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Day 10 After having a fun day of the ropes course, a match, and wine tasting, it was time to spend our last day in Slovenia. We all got up early and had breakfast to start us off on our long day. After breakfast, we went back up to our rooms and got ready for our last match against the Austrian team at 10:30 in the morning. We started warm up around 10:00. It was the last match of the trip and we wanted to make sure we finished on a good note. Kelly and Taylor played with the Austrian team to "try out" and hopefully be a part of the team. The match then started. The first set did not go as planned, we lost. But then we finished the game off strong. We won in four, but we decided to get one last set before we left to go back home. Jeff wanted us to work hard and finish on a win. Even though we won the match, we all felt the same. We wanted to end our trip on a good note. So we started the 5th set and before we knew it, we were done. We won the last set and now it was time to get our stuff ready for a 7 hour bus ride back to Milan. We had about 45 minutes to get everything packed and showered. Hannah, Chantale, Megan, Allison, and I ran to go get our last bit of gelato. We ran to the nearest shop and got a huge gelato for one euro. Then we went back to finish getting ready. The whole group got on the bus around 2:30 PM to start our long bus ride back. We stopped at a store to get snacks and drinks for the road. It was similar to a grocery store back home. We all walk out with tons of snacks and we are ready to start the trip. Most of us slept, others talked, while others were listening to music and enjoying the gorgeous views of Europe. About 4 hours later we stopped to get dinner. The team ate at this restaurant at this truck stop. We had dinner, threw the frisbee for a little bit, then got back on the road. For the last 3 hours everyone was doing the same things. We got into the hotel around 11:00 PM. We were all tired and ready for bed. But for most of us we had to repack our bags. Some of us bought wine and we could not carry that on so we had to fit all the clothes we brought as well as all the things we bought throughout the trip. Let's just say most of us had to sit on our suitcases to zip them up. We knew we had to get a good night's rest because we had a long day ahead of us coming up. The trip was a lot of fun but it was time to go home!! Ashley Rhoades #4
Day #9 Hello Lobo Fans! The Lobo Volleyball team had a very eventful and fun day in Maribor, Slovenia. The team had an opportunity to go up the mountain right outside our hotel to enjoy a day with a high-ropes course and alpine slides. To get up the mountain, the team had to use the ski lift. Once everyone got up to the mountain, the group moved towards the high-ropes course to get suited up. Our group was so big that we had to split up into three groups. The eight girls on the volleyball team split into a group while all of the men split into another group. Ash, Kel, and I split into a third group with Janice, Louise, and Elsa's mom. The first two groups started the course first. The eight girls on the volleyball team started with a station where you climb up a 30 foot pole. Once you climb up the pole, you are supposed to stand on top of it and turn towards the group and just have to walk off. Yes, the girls had to just walk off the pole. I am one who isn't a fan of heights, but all of the girls made it look easy so I just told myself I had to do it. All of the girls did great and they were so supportive of one another. While the girls were climbing up the 30 foot pole, the men of the group started with a swinging activity. Side note, before we went up to the high-ropes course, no one in the group had any idea of what we were going to do. So, the men were in front of this contraption that one person at a time was to be hooked up and be lifted up into the air. I am not sure how high exactly everyone was getting pulled up to, but when I went I thought I was at least 500 feet high. Maybe that is a little dramatic, but you were pretty high up in the air. Carlos Gual, our athletic trainer, was the first guy to go. He got hooked up and the other guys had to pull him by a rope to get him lifted off the ground. Once Carlos was lifted off the ground, he pulled on his rope and he shot through the air. Oh, he shot backwards through the air. It was amazing to see. Everyone was so excited to try the swing. Other girls, like myself, were very nervous. Swinging through the air by a rope just didn't excite me too much. But again, everyone said it was an amazing experience so I had to do it. One by one, everyone went through the two stations on the high ropes course. There were a couple of screams, but all in all, everyone had a blast. While you are swinging, the most amazing part of the swing is the view of the whole city of Maribor. The view was incredible. Once everyone was done with all of the activities, we had a quick lunch because the team had to get ready for the game. All of the girls ate first and once everyone was done, we went over the side of the mountain to race down on the alpine slides. The alpine slide was basically a roller coaster that is controlled by you. You had the control of going as fast or as slow as you want down the mountain. The alpine slides were so much fun! I wish I could have done it again. After a very eventful day on the mountain, the team got together and played a match against the Slovenian Junior National team. The team played well, but had some inconsistent moments. The team lost in five. All in all, the day was great but we wish it ended with a win on the volleyball court. Stay tuned to our last couple of days in Maribor, Slovenia. It has already been an experience I will never forget. Adijo! Allison Buck (Alumni) #8