July 12, 2013
Editor's Note: This is the seventh entry in the World University Games Team Blog for K-State Volleyball. The Wildcats are representing Team USA at the Games in Kazan, Russia. Photos, Blogs and Videos will be posted throughout the 10-day trip from the team. Today's blog entry is written by Tristan McCarty
Friday July 12th - Tristan McCarty
Only three more days of free McDonald's. But that's not important. Today we woke up for a morning serve/pass practice and brought with us a K-State/USA T-shirt to have signed by all the girls to give to the manager of the gym. They were ecstatic. We left practice to drive through the crazy city of Kazan once more back to the village. I see something new every time we make the drive. After a quick lunch, taking a lovely online test in the afternoon, and back to pregame meal, we head to Zilant Sports Complex to play our next opponent, Slovakia. We felt good warming up, confident and loose. But after some hard momentum upsets throughout the match, we fell 0-3 to the European team. There were good and bad things from the match, but the most important thing is that we still have perspective at what we're doing, and the once in a lifetime opportunity to play some of the best athletes, volleyball players and teams in the world.
We headed back to the village to get some food (cough cough McDonald's...just kidding) and had a decently early evening to have some down time for relaxation, exploration of the village, or what all of us are desiring, sleep! After leaving the cafeteria, we ventured into the courtyards in the middle of the village to find face painting, balloon art, and caricatures being created by volunteers. Naturally one of us had to get something done, so none other than Courtney Traxson received a volleyball emitting flames down the side of her face resembling Mike Tyson. With a few good laughs, and some excellent people watching, accompanied by a Polka band playing in the background, we headed in for treatments, homework and a night’s rest. Another day as an athlete in the 2nd largest worldwide sports competition in the world. Pretty cool.
P.S. BIG Thank you and shout out to our Athletic Director John Currie and entire Athletics Department, academic staff, volleyball program and all our supporters for making this trip possible. It is the opportunity of a lifetime. We cannot show enough gratitude and appreciation.
GO TEAM USA AND GO CATS!!!