Blogs gathered from Greenville College Volleyball seniors during their travels to Georgia for the NCAA Division III National Tournament. Updated with the newest blog daily! [divide]
As I sit on the charter bus headed back to little ol’ Greenville, IL I am reflecting back on the trip as a whole. That includes the madness that the coaches and Becca Winemiller had to go through of booking hotels, finding restaurants to eat at that will take almost 30 people, figuring out all the little details about the tournament and several more. I also reflect on the bus rides, the stop in Nashville we had on the way to Georgia, hanging out in the hotels, and lastly, being at Berry College for the NCAA DIII National Tournament. You could ask any of the girls or coaching staff a part of this team and they would agree that from the moment we left H.J. Long Gymnasium at Greenville College, complete excitement flowed from us. Excitement that was born when we won our Conference Tournament… read more here.
For as long as I have been a part of Greenville College Women’s Volleyball, the team of 2010 and their story has been almost legendary. If there had been any team that exemplified our philosophy, it was them. Their prevalent history of servant leadership, solid faith, competition, and pure love became a foundation of Greenville volleyball; To be as they were was our goal. As they progressed to the regional tournament, this solid love and appreciation for their team was exemplified in their seniors especially.
I don’t know if there is another team that can say that they value each and every player as much as they could say it. The seniors, faced with the reality of their final career game, could have easily pouted and clung to their medals and their memories of competition. But they took it a step further, and without a single thought of hesitation walked to the girls that were unable to dress (and thus get a medal) and embraced them before giving their senior NCAA championship participant medals to those players… read more here.
After our wonderful stay in Nashville, Tennessee last night, we embarked on the rest of our journey to Mt. Berry, Georgia. We are finally here in our hotel and it’s all starting to become more real to us.
Today was the first time we got a glimpse of what it’s like to be apart of the NCAA tournament and what an awesome first impression it was. When we first pulled up to the college, we were in awe of God’s beautiful creation throughout their entire campus. When we drove up to the gym, it all set in for me that we were really here and actually going to play in the NCAA tournament. We walked in the gym and saw the NCAA poster with our name on it, and then a sign about private practices, which made it seem all the more real… Read more here.
Tournament Champions. Georgia bound. NCAA Tournament. These words still seem so unreal in our minds. In fact, we are currently on the bus on our way to Georgia and I am still trying to take it all in.
Finding out we were leaving for Georgia 24 hours before departure time left us frantically packing and making travel arrangements, but overall this has already been a day full of excitement and anticipation for the team. We loaded the charter bus with our overpacked luggage bursting at the seams and were surprised with snacks from the GC Baseball team and a team mom as well. This community always comes together to love and support one another, and it’s truly remarkable to be a constant witness of that… read more here. [divide]
Today marks the beginning of an incredible journey for the panther volleyball family. Come along with me because the Journey to Georgia begins now.
To start off our day, we were recognized in chapel by Athletic Director, Kent Krober, for our exciting accomplishment – winning the SLIAC conference tournament and advancing to the NCAA Division III women’s volleyball tournament. After being acknowledged, we made our way over to the DC to watch the Selection Show that began at 10am. When we walked in, the final set from the conference tournament championship match was playing on the projector. Everyone got goose bumps as we watched the last few points unfold, leading up to our come-from-behind victory. As the last point was scored, we all cheered as though we were still in that moment…. read more here.