Friday, November 7, 2008

Alumni Day

This past weekend I got a chance to see all my old Cal State buddies and play some volleyball again.  I was a member of the Cal State San Bernardino volleyball team for 4 years and LOVED it!  The athletic department hosted an alumni event on Saturday and so I got to go see a lot of my old teammates.  We got to scrimmage for a couple of hours and it felt so good to be playing again!  And especially in that gym.  I even did pretty well.  That evening they fed us dinner along with our families and there were pictures of all the teams from the past few years up and so I saw me in all of my old team photos and it seemed like a completely different person to me. We all stayed to watch the new team (including a few of my old teammates that are still playing) beat UC San Diego to take 1st place in the conference.  It was great. 
Here are some of my former teammates at the dinner.  Brie, Ash, and Cat. We are all still close.

People don't usually understand how important volleyball was to me and how much a part of me it was- the girls were my family, as were the coaches, and I got to do something I was good at.  I used to miss those volleyball/college days so badly I could just cry- now I see my beautiful girls and they come running up for hugs and I know that it's all how it should be.  I was pregnant during my last season, so I knew it was going to be my last even though no one else did. I got closure, which I was grateful for.  I still have 1 year of eligibility that I didn't go back and use after I had the girls, although I was tempted.  I'm glad I didn't use it- I would have missed so much of the first 7 months of the twins' lives had I done it.
I guess God DOES know us better than we know ourselves, huh?
Here are 2 of the greatest blessings that came from volleyball- Brie and Ashley.   They were 2 of my bridesmaids and are still 2 of my best friends.  
Cal State is now ranked #3 in the nation in Division 2.  They will host Regionals- good luck guys!

1 comment:

Hoy Family said...

Looks like a lot of fun and I'm glad you have such good memories of volleyball and college!