Fiegen A2 Blog #9
May 31, 2011
US Open Championships Day 4!
The alarm clock went off much earlier than expected this morning! Up until Tuesday, Team Red had a pretty nice playing schedule with late morning or early afternoon games, but 8 a.m. came a lot sooner than expected. As predicted, the battle between Team Red and Team Blue was intense. Like I said, Team Red was not at all used to playing in the morning so we started off a little on the slow side. We lost the first set, but then we all woke up and were rarin' to go! Team Red took the next three sets in a pretty close battle in each. No team gave the other an easy point. Whew! We won, which was awesome because then we had the afternoon off to rest, relax, and recuperate before the championship game at 5 p.m.
3 p.m. -- Time to load the van and head for the Convention Center, as game rapidly approached. Team Red was pumped, and we were excited to play for the Championship! We came out on fire and took the first set. Unfortunately, we fell into a bit of a lull and lost our energy and again let errors snowball, so Blue made a few runs on us. We dropped the next three sets in an intense fight back and forth. Sadly, we lost, but the tournament wasn't over. Since we beat Blue earlier, they had one loss and now they beat us giving us one loss, but the tourney is double elimination. It all came down to one single set to 25 points.
That last set was truly a fight back and forth and back and forth. Neither team was going to give an easy point or send and easy ball over the net. Every single ball that crossed the net was a challenge! But in the end, Team USA Blue came out with the win. Team Red took second place in the US Women's Open Nationals. Team USA White took third.
Though Team Red didn't win, I'm still just so thankful for this opportunity. I learned so, so much in the last 10 days from both the coaching staff and my teammates. I also made some great friends down here, and I will miss them all dearly. Reflecting back after this week, it has just really opened my eyes to how truly blessed I am! Thanks to everyone for all the support! I look forward to being back in South Dakota to see some familiar faces and to get back to training with my teammates in Brookings!
Go Big. Go Blue. Go Jacks!