Boiler Volleyballers 1-0

The 2009 volleyball season has begun.  I started playing with this team last year after I met one of the guys, Tim, through a mutual friend.  We did a Sprint Triathalon together and have remained friends ever since.  I think everyone on the team would agree with this statement… we sucked last year.  We had 3 guys, 3 girls in a league that allows the 2F/4M format.  In those circumstances, I always prefer to have the extra guy.  Trust me, I’m all for female power, but when it comes to volleyball, a guy is usually better for hitting/blocking when it’s allowed.

The 6 of us had never played together before so a lot of our errors were just getting used to each others styles. We steadily got better towards the end of the season with the help of team building events at Lucky’s following the games.  I think we only won 2 regular season games, but made it to the semi-finals of the tournament.  For this season, we lost one player…. a very strong player for our team.  Luckily my old BDHS cronie Adam is stepping in for Kristin.  So now we will be playing with 4 guys and 2 girls which I think will suit us very well in this league.  Cheers to the team for starting out better than last year!  Abe, Jenny, Chris, and Tim played awesome tonight…. Except for the one shot where Abe forgot he was suppose to spike the ball and instead, it hit him in the head! 

Purdue 64 Penn State 67

In the words of Jessi Weaver…. “Seriously?”  This loss hurt.  It might hurt as much as the home loss to Illinois last week.  Having Hummel and Kramer out certainly did us in, but we are a better team than what we have been showing this Big 10 season.  I give PSU props for keeping us scoreless for the first 5 minutes of the game.  We are starting out 0-2… ouch!  Of course I want my mighty Boilers to win the Big 10, but most importantly we need to figure this out before March Madness.  I don’t take my ass up to Purdue every week to watch a team that’s gonna be out in the first round…. come on Boilers… make me proud.  (And learn to rebound please.)

The tube socks are coming back people!

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