Friday, July 8, 2011

My favorite night of the week!

Alright, so I'm not very good at posting right away after things happen so you all will have to bare with me and my slowness, haha. So Wednesday night volleyball was awesome, again, it was nice to play on our court again after last week and wallyball. The floors were super shiny and kinda sticky... so it wasn't a night to be sliding and diving for the ball. We had an awesome turnout of: Dan, Jenny, Becky, Cassie, Ryan, James, Jason, Jason's friend Kevin?(sorry I don't remember), Ali, Erica, Brett, and me. Ryan had to leave after only a few minutes so we played six on five. It was fun and competitive, with Jason's crazy spikes, Becky and Ali's sweet saves, and all of us laughing at each other, it was great. I am going to say I got an awesome block in! I had a few blocks that night but the best was blocking one of Jason's hits, because of the way he hits if someone blocks it there is no chance of recovery, its going straight down again. Now he hits really hard, fast and usually straight down, and to do that he has to hit the ball just over the net, which gives the other team a good chance at blocking him if they  can read where he is going. I used to be really good at reading a spiker back in high school but not so much now. And I don't have the reflexes I had in high school either ;) But when I saw the set and Jason making his approach I knew I had it. I remember thinking "I so got this one". And I didn't get it perfect, I only got one hand in front of it, but it was a solid block and hit down on their side before anyone could move! It was fantastic!
We have such a great group of people, and its so fun having new people too! I love Wednesday nights!!

backyard volleyball!

So I finally got my net up in the backyard! (My parents had cemented in two poles for me back in high school so I could put up a net and practice during the summer) This means I get to play a lot more often! So over the holiday weekend I played a few games, just with kids and friends around the neighborhood... It was lots of fun though a bit different since the net is at women's height (we play at men's height on wednesdays) and the court is short. But its so nice to just grab the ball and hit it around whenever I want :)
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Monday, July 4, 2011

wallyball :)

Wow I'm a little behind, Wednesday we weren't able to play volleyball at our church, or another one we've played at before, because the gym floors were being re-finished. So after the weather decided we couldn't play outside we ended up at our local fitness center at eight thirty for wallyball! We ended up playing three on three, Cassie, Becky, and I against Dan, Jenny, and Ryan. Now while three on three in volleyball doesn't make a very good game, in wallyball with the court being so much smaller works great! We usually separate the guys since they can jump higher and hit harder than us girls but oh well. We didn't keep score, just kinda played around, though I'm pretty sure that our team lost Haha. Some of the highlights of the game: Ryan and Dan both had some awesome, straight down hits (though it is a lower net which makes it easier for them to do that more often) Becky had some amazing saves both up at the net and on the back row! Including blocking one of those straight down hits, though I'm sorry I don't remember which of the guys spiked it. And all throughout the game, because of the the net height and his long arms, Dan had a tendency to jump, reach over the net and tip the ball we were trying to play down into our faces. It was almost impossible to save, though its not a legal hit either...Haha. So in one of these situations Becky, playing the met for my team, set the ball up, just a little too close to the net, and Dan hit it right back down. Now just so you all know, a lot of us have developed a a certain reaction when Dan hits the ball... We throw our arms up(or down depending on where they were to begin with) to protect our faces :) so Becky acting is self preservation threw her arms down and ended up catching the ball just right sending it flying right back under the net ... Right into Dan! Now this all happened very quickly, like Dan was still coming down from his jump when he got hit. Next thing we knew he was on the ground, though he thankfully wasn't really hurt, just taken by suprise. Haha that's what you get for stealing the ball from Becky's team! Just kidding, it was funny though.
I am so greatful for the people who come play! We have such a fun group, it really makes it an incredible day of the week. And with it being summer I can break out my backyard net for some backyard volleyball!! Love it!
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