Yesterday we played Russia. Russia came out with tough serves. It wasn't until set three that we gained momentum. We lost in three sets and we were all very disappointed.
Now we will be competing against Thailand, Nigeria and Puerto Rico for 17th place. Although we are not in the top half playing for a medal, the team is still here to represent USA and we are determined to win our next few matches.
During the match, a few of the boys who work during the matches sweeping the floors between plays were sitting with our parents cheering us on. The team took pictures with them afterwards. I am now Facebook friends with them and one of the boy's profile picture! It's fun having local fans.
Today we had the day off. We worked out in the hallway doing yoga, wall sits, aerobics and some dancing! Later we went laser tagging! It was so fun! The coaches played on one team while us players were split up into three teams.
The coaches dominated the first round. Nate, our stat and video guy got MVP. The games got intense. I have a few more bruises from it.
Afterwards Coach Blaine treated the team to gelato. When we got back to the hotel, Robin wanted another pancake party. Coach Charlene and some of the girls made scrambled eggs with avocado, banana pancakes and chocolate chip pancakes. The team was not that hungry for dinner after that feast. After dinner, we studied film on Thailand, who we play on Friday.
Thailand plays a unique style of volleyball that we have not yet played against. It includes a very fast offense with many combination plays. It'll be a fun challenge to compete against them. Tomorrow we have another day off so the team is going to spend the day exploring and touring around Prague! With two days of no matches I'm getting antsy to play again. I can't wait for Friday's match. Go USA!