July 19, 2011
Redshirt freshman Katie Mosher and sophomore outside hitter Elise Walch are two Florida State University volleyball student-athletes competing in an international competition overseas. Today’s blog entry will be the first of two by Mosher, in which her next one will recap her overseas journey
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – So we have successfully made it to Croatia! We started off landing in London, England around 8 a.m., which would be 3 a.m. back in the States. Once we landed we met up with some other girls from the team and got a chance to experience London on our own. Our coach gave us all tickets for the Tube, which is similar to the subway or train from Chicago or New York. We got off at a stop in the middle of London. We got to walk around London for six hours to see whichever sites we wanted to including Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, and the London Eye.
After we met up with our entire team we headed off to Sheffield, England where we were going to have our practices and scrimmages. We were in Sheffield from Wednesday through Sunday. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday we had a team practice in the morning and then got a chance to scrimmage against the Great Britain National Team who will be competing in the upcoming Summer Olympics. After these three days of practice and scrimmages our team was ready to leave England and head to Pula, Croatia. On Sunday we woke up at 430 a.m. and took a bus two hours to another airport in England where we then flew to Treise, Italy. After this two-hour plane ride we drove another three hours by bus to Pula, Croatia but we got to make a quick stop in Slovenia to get some gelato!
Last night, the 17th, we had opening ceremonies for the tournament. We went to Pula Square, the center of the city. Every team and coach was there along with some interested locals. They introduced every team and after we got a chance to shop around the square and experience the way of life in Pula. We had an early match tonight at 9 a.m., which we won in three games against OK Galeb (Montenegro). After the game we got to walk down to the beach, which is right behind the hotel. We played one more match that night vs. the Czech Junior National team. It was a tough match and unfortunately ended up 1-2 in sets for the match. We still have an awesome shot at the championship though and are looking forward to some more great matches in the next few days!
EUROPEAN GLOBAL CHALLENGE UPDATE (Thursday, July 21, 3 p.m. ET): The USA A2 Junior National Team defeated the Czech Republic Junior National Team, 3-1 (22-25, 25-15, 25-21, 25-17), to win the European Global Challenge championship in the Briunji Tournament Below are the results from all of USA’s matches.
July 18: Defeated OK Galeb, 3-0
July 18: Lost to Czech Republic JNT, 1-2
July 19: Lost to Nova KBM Branik, 1-2
July 19: Defeated OK Pula Juniors, 3-0
July 20: Defeated Falconara, 3-0
July 20: Defeated Nova KBM, 3-0
July 21: Defeated Czech Republic JNT, 3-1