Yesterday, we played Brazil. We lost in three sets but we played much better as a team compared to the match against Bulgaria. Every match and every set we improve.
I'm looking forward to competing against Mexico on Monday. I really like playing with this group of girls and playing for these coaches. Each team I've played for is different and I serve a different role whether it is playing a different position or providing the team a certain personality.
For this team, I try to be loud, energetic, and encouraging. I call every USA huddle as loud as I can! My goal is to make the team believe that we can and we will win. I've been constantly taking cough drops because by the end of the tournament my voice is going to be gone.
My teammates are amazing. I am playing with the top players from my age group. Just by playing with them I improve. Similar to the ASU volleyball program, my USA coaches focus and study film on ourselves and our opponents. At this high international level of play, small details win or lose a match and film helps to identify exactly what we need to do to win.
Today, we did just that. After practice this morning, we watched film on Mexico's rotations. After lunch, we broke up into groups by position to study film on ourselves from last night's match. We have another film session on Mexico after dinner tonight.
By watching so much film, our coaches give us every answer to the test before we've taken it. Because of the thoroughness and relentless effort of our USA coaching staff, we know and have practiced exactly how we need to play to defeat Mexico. Now all we need to do is execute the game plan as best we can.
Today was our day off. Tomorrow versus Mexico we will have fresh legs and renewed energy. Let's go USA!!!