Villanova is on its way to the TOC National Championships.
As players on Villanova’s Tennis On Campus club team, Emily Greene and Madeline Mascola are spending the next few days in Cary, N.C., competing in the Tennis On Campus National Championships. Each day throughout the week, each will share their experiences of the trip with photos (Madeline) and blog posts (Emily). Each day will be different, so continue to check back for more updates.
By Emily Greene, Guest Blogger
Photos by Madeline Mascola
Today at the main site, Villanova Club Tennis "bobsledded." Please note that there was no snow on the ground in Cary, North Carolina. A great VCT tradition during our indoor season is to play bobsled during our indoor practices in the last 10 minutes.
Bobsled is played with two teams. Each team has a racquet. After one person hits a shot, they pass the racquet back and the next player hits the return. If you miss, you have to sit in the middle of the court and dodge the returns. Once multiple people miss, the line at the "T" lengthens to form a bobsled, hence the name. To win the game, either every person on one team has to lose, or you must hit the opposing bobsled. At the end if your team loses two out of three games, you have to participate in "butts up," where the opposing team tries to hit you in the butt from their side of the court while you are facing away from them.
Today, we had time to kill between matches, so we thought it would be fun, and funny to play bobsled on the center court near the check-in and food area. It was exciting because we started to generate a crowd, even a cameraman joined in on the action on the court that is until he accidentally got hit with a ball.
One of the highlights of today was when Texas A&M asked if they could challenge us to a game. This was a great way to bond with another team, and after teaching them how to play, they beat us at our own game!
Tomorrow is the last day of matches. Hopefully Villanova can continue to climb through the ranks to a strong finish.
Post # 2
Nothing brings people together better than an 8 a.m. start time and cold weather. Seriously, aren’t we supposed to be in North Carolina? I think I can speak for most of the team when I say I was planning on 80-degree, dead heat.
Anyway, our first match of the day was against Tulane. We were on the last courts below all the other ones, which were completely covered in shade. Both teams headed over to the small patch of grass along the side of the court that had sunlight. Both teams, dressed in head-to-toe sweatpants, huddled together in one spot of sun. This actually ended up being a lot of people as Villanova Club Tennis brought a whopping 19-something people to nationals this year.
As the weather slightly warmed up, everyone starting shedding layers. This is when Villanova Club Tennis realized they loved Tulane Club Tennis. Tulane Club Tennis had black tank tops with neon writing that said, "We Love to Love You" with tennis balls as the ‘O’s.’ This ‘frat attire’ is typically seen around Villanova, and is highly treasured. Not to mention, the kids on Tulane Club Tennis are great kids. Thus, a beautiful friendship started.
The friendship started out as whispers among team members about how cool we thought Tulane was. It then became full-on. While cheering for our team, there would be an occasional "here we go Tulane" from a Villanova player. It then progressed one of our own being bestowed with the coveted Tulane Club Tennis shirt. We finished the day cheering on Tulane as they took on UVA. Hopefully, somewhere, someone from Tulane is writing a blog on how much they love Villanova Club Tennis. One can only dream, though
More to come tomorrow...
Wednesday, April 11
The Road to Nationals
The day has finally arrived! We (Villanova Club Tennis) are on our way to Cary, North Carolina to compete in the Tennis On Campus Club Tennis Nationals. Throughout the trip I will be writing a blog chronicling our experience. Enjoy!
To get things started, here is a timeline of how our travel day went.
3:00 a.m.: Packing…we are ditching all of our winter clothes for some (hopefully) warm North Carolina weather.
9:00 a.m.: Wake up…Nationals! YAY
9:15 a.m.: Tweet about how excited we are for Nationals #nationals2012
9:30 a.m.: Breakfast at the "Pit", sounds appetizing, right?
10:30 a.m.: Bye ‘Nova!!!!
1:30-3:30 p.m.: Flight to Raleigh Durham Airport. We got a shout out from the pilot on the plane!
3:30-4:00 p.m.: While waiting for our bags, team members ran into friends from high school that now play for Boston College, Tulane and Columbia near the baggage claim. It was amazing to see how small the tennis community is.
6:00 p.m.: - Check into the courts and hit before our early first round match at 8 a.m. on Thursday
7:00-8:00 p.m.: Captains meeting
8:00-9:00 p.m.: Dinner at Panera…YUM
9:00 p.m.: Time for bed we have an early start tomorrow!!!!! More to come!