Thursday, January 16, 2014

It's That Time Again

As promised, club volleyball season kicked off last weekend. In Kyle, Texas, which is ironic because that's where we finished last season. Same venue as well. But let's just say the experience was very different. In the best of ways!

I don't watch Taylor practice during the week because she just does better if I'm not around. So I honestly had no idea what to expect out of this team except that I'd been told by a couple of other moms  and Tonto, who sometimes sneaks in for a few minutes, that they were doing really well. 

I was completely unprepared, though, for them coming out and playing together so well for the first time out. It was super fun to watch. 

We rode down with one of Taylor's sweet friends, Aija (pictured below, in action), and her mom. They are sooooo fun and we were so happy to have the company since Tonto had to work. We laughed pretty much the whole time down and back, which is basically my nirvana.

Not only was I impressed with the team as a whole but, y'all, my girl was on fire. Her play has improved so much since last year. In part, I believe this is because they have more players on the team so she can focus on her position(s) and not have to worry about playing back row, which is not her happy place. :)

Not to mention the fact that we have a super fun group of parents who are just as passionate about this venture as I am. Seeing lots of awesome down time visiting with this group between matches. And did I mention their coach is GREAT?

So, yes, super excited about this season.

And though they have walked away without a medal, there's no doubt in my mind they'll win their fair share this season. They proved during the first weekend that they can hang with the best and that makes me pretty darn proud, y'all.

As does the fact that I get to call this beautiful girl mine.