Jan. 16, 2008
Seminoles.com is home to the exclusive diary of junior Ania Rynarzewska as she embarks on her third year with the Florida State women’s tennis squad. New entries detailing the behind-the-scenes action with Ania and her teammates will be posted periodically throughout the season.
The Florida State women’s tennis team has been waiting a long time for the first trip of the spring season. It is not just the first match that the ladies have been looking forward to, but the place they would be going to. That’s because this year, the season opener will take place in Hawaii.
From the first day of the spring practice, we have been working very hard because they knew that just 10 days later we would be sitting on the plane to paradise.
When January 15, 2008, finally came, the Lady Seminoles showed up at the airport bright and early ready to go to Hawaii and collect some victories. We were also excited to explore such a wonderful place. Even though the girls had to be there as early as 6 a.m., there was not one face without a smile. All the Seminoles were awaiting the “moment.”
After a nine and a half hour flight from Atlanta to Honolulu, we finally stepped foot in Hawaii. The excitement could not have been higher. All the girls simply loved the smell of the flowers and the views that they could observe just from the airport. The beauty of Hawaii is hard to describe.
When we arrived in Hawaii it was already three o’clock in the afternoon, which was actually eight o’clock Tallahassee time. We could feel that we were getting tired. Nevertheless, each of us knew that we had to practice before we could rest.
We got to the courts at the University of Hawaii and just felt excited to be here and to practice. The practice went great and we knew that we were ready to compete the next day.
Not long after practice however, we started to feel very tired. After dinner we had to force ourselves to stay up in a hope that the longer we stayed up, the bigger the chances that we would not wake up in the middle of the night ready to play. What does the time difference does to us, I wondered.
Now, as I am writing, we all are sitting in the hotel room barely awake hoping to get “permission” to sleep. We were told by the coaches that no matter how tired we are, we need to stay up until 10 p.m. It is almost time to go to bed. I am ready to sleep and so are the girls. The most important thing, however, is that we are ready to play tomorrow.