Friday, September 21, 2012

Tindall's Take: Opportunity Knocks!

The Wildcats picked up some souvenirs in the Sunshine State!

“Good, better, best; never let it rest until your good is better and your better is best.”

As the team heads towards the first Southern Conference match against Furman this Friday night, we will take away many lessons from our preseason tournaments.  For example, six out of our ten matches went to five sets, so we will be prepared once we move into those final games in our Southern Conference matches.  From 80’s night to the Wildcat classic, our fans have commended our relentless pursuit on the court.  This team continues to work hard and fight on the court no matter what.  We have talked about seizing our opportunities in practice this week and executing every chance we have on the court from the first pass to the last contact.  Furman is our first opportunity this Friday night and we will be ready!

First, let’s look back at the preseason matches:
We opened up our first preseason tournament just up the road at Wake Forrest.  Winthrop was our initial challenge, and we bounced back from a 25-9 first set to win this five game match against Coach Carr’s (Asst. Coach Emily Carrara) alma matter.  This match shows the hard work of our team and passion to win.  Then, we lost a tough 17-15 fifth set to Wake Forest but bounced back to finish off UNCW in four sets.  After the Wake Forest tournament, we traveled down to Jacksonville for the North Florida Invitational.  The five set streak continued, but we worked hard and got better every set.  Although we didn’t make it to the beach with the stormy weather, we ate at a fish camp the first night and enjoyed a delicious breakfast at freshman Shannon McPherson’s house.  Her mom decorated the house with personal blow up flamingos and filled us up with blueberry pancakes, breakfast burritos, and coffee.  We are so thankful for the time that our families devote to our team!
This past weekend we hosted the Wildcat Classic!  Many parents came to Davidson to watch our home tournament, and we had over five hundred fans on Friday night versus High Point.  Kids swarmed our team to get our autographs after the match, and the smiles on their faces helped ease the tough loss.  We beat NC Central on Saturday morning but suffered another five game match loss to Green Bay that afternoon.  After losing the first two games, we forced them to a thrilling fifth game.  It’s difficult to find the positives of a loss, but will learn from these matches and use them as a starting point to motive us every day in practice.  Preseason matches are meant for regular season preparation, and we will move forward from these five game matches labeling them as distant failures and the point in our season that we got better.  Every girl on the team believes that we will win the Southern Conference tournament on our home court this year, so these little opportunities every day matter on and off the court!

Come to Furman and Wofford this weekend if you have the chance!  If not, we will be back in action at home the last weekend of September versus the Citadel and the College of Charleston!  On September 30th we have set a goal of 800 people at our game so come support us and help us out!

Everyday is a great day to be a wildcat,

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