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June 9, 2014

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UCF volleyball players are blogging their experiences in Winnipeg, Manitoba and sharing them with, where daily updates will be posted. The Knights are also submitting blog entries to the Orlando Sentinel, where they are being posted in the Knights Notepad section of tne newspaper's web site. 

Monday, June 6, 2014 - Last Day 
By Loren Corey

Today was the last day for UCF Volleyball in Winnipeg. It is funny how fast the week has gone, but in this short week we have made many improvements. It has been a great experience to play against such a high calibre team.

We have been challenged and pushed and our improvements showed in the game play today against the A team. Our scrimmage this morning was very competitive and we finished the week feeling very confident about our preparation for our season in the fall.

After the scrimmage, we ate lunch, packed our bags and got ready for a nice team dinner together. It was a lovely way to end the week together. We hope you have enjoyed following our journey here in Canada and we look forward to a very competitive fall season!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - A Day Off 
By Taylor Wickey
Hello Knights!

We are beginning to wind down our Canadian tour. So far we have had a lot of fun and some great experience playing at the international level! Today was our off day, so we did not have practice or any scrimmages. Like usual, the day began with breakfast and then some downtime before we got ready to see the sights in Winnipeg.

We ate lunch at Pita Pit and then made our way to downtown Winnipeg to visit the Manitoba Museum. This museum includes both the history of Manitoba and a science exhibit.

We began with the history side and were able to learn a lot about Manitoba's culture and history. As we walked through the museum, we happened upon a bat cave. In this cave it was completely dark so you could not see anything. Little did we know Abbie Fleener was hiding in a tunnel planning to scare us. She ended up scaring Loren Cory and Dana Faught the first time and we caught it on video. She was also able to scare Coach Michelle Chatman and DeLaina Sarden. Abbie always knows how to entertain us!

After the history museum, we went over to the science side, where they had a lot of different experiments to do. This side was a lot of fun and we spent about an hour there before we decided to leave and walk to The Forks.

The Forks is an area in Winnipeg where the two rivers meet. In this area there are a lot of shops and restaurants. We went shopping for about two hours buying trinkets and souvenirs for friends and family and then had dinner at The Old Spaghetti Factory. Dinner was delicious. Afterward, we packed up and headed back to the dorms. We have another scrimmage Thursday night and are looking forward to another day in Winnipeg!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - Spreading the UCF Love, One T-Shirt at a Time 
By Ashley Gialenios 
Today was day five for the Canada trip, and it started off pretty normally. We had an early breakfast at the cafeteria and then some down time before we had to leave for practice.

It was a pretty warm day, which made for a nice walk to the gym. The first gym session of the day was just to focus on some small changes that we saw during the first two scrimmages. Also, we added some new routines and some system changes and we worked the kinks out of them.

Another interesting part of the day came when DeLaina Sarden got to take over the UCF Athletics Instagram page, so all throughout the day the team had plenty of photo and video ops.

After practice one, the team headed to lunch, which went pretty fast. There was a pretty quick turnaround before we had to leave for the new gym for the next scrimmage that we had scheduled.  The new school had some great architecture, and on the way in, I had a great encounter with the sweetest man. He was an older gentleman and was super excited to hear our story. He had so much to say about his interest in volleyball and he was so great we gave him a volleyball shirt that seemed to be a great highlight for his day.

The scrimmage went very well. I think each day the team gets better and better. Also, during the game, the team did a fantastic job of applying the coaches' new adjustments and systems, which will prove to create an exciting season in the fall.

Directly following the scrimmage, we drove to have dinner at Boston Pizza, which was delicious. I would bet the team probably had 10 pizzas between all of us. The pizzas were great and the conversation was quite entertaining. Yet another UCF shirt to be spread through Canada was given to our waiter, which he was all too excited to receive.

All in all, I would say day five of our UCF Volleyball Takes Canada trip was a success. 

Monday, June 2, 2014 - Best Coffee Ever
By Dani Jenkins

Hello Knights! It's day four of our exciting Canadian adventure. We started the day right by eating a hearty breakfast, filled with French toast, bacon, eggs and good ol' coffee.

Walking over to the gym, it was a bit chilly so we bundled up in our UCF sweatpants and strolled on over. We had a brief positional practice with coaches Mike and Michelle and then we were ready to warm up for the match.

The UCF Knights played against the Canadian National Team today. It was a great experience playing against a team that had not only one strong hitter or server, but all of them were extremely talented. One in particular had a killer topspin serve which was fun to receive.

After the match we went back to the dorms to get cleaned up. We decided to explore downtown Winnipeg, where we ate at a delicious restaurant called Rudy's Eat & Drink. Personally, I ordered the lamb which was amazing!

After dinner we hit up the mall to find something tasty to satisfy our sweet tooth. I just have to say Tim Horton's has the best coffee I've ever had. Also, you can't go to Tim Horton's without getting a doughnut. All in all the day was very eventful and we enjoyed the quality time we got with each other on and off the court.  Go Knights!

Sunday, June 1, 2014 - Getting After It
By Jade Hayes

This morning we got to rest our bodies a little bit. We ate breakfast as a team, then had the afternoon off to relax and rejuvenate. We then went to lunch as a team. After lunch, Shelby and I went adventuring by the river, while some of the other girls chatted on the patio.

There was a beautiful area to sit on a log and listen to the birds sing. We enjoyed the cool breeze and sunshine on our face while watching some ducks swim. We also met some cool kids playing by the river, who joked and laughed together. It was a sweet time watching their friendship and interactions with one another. Later, we went for a stroll around the University of Manitoba's campus and headed back to meet the team to have our first competition. 

We started off warming up in a different facility than where we are training. We played four sets and got after it with the Canadians (Canadian National Team). We had four really tight sets. Once we were able to figure out some of their schemes, styles and strategies, we got into a rhythm and took it to them. They were a solid group with some scrappy defense. UCF Volleyball buckled down with solid serve receive and rallied tough. We ended the final set with a win.

There was even an impromptu snowball fight outside the arena (see the photo below). Then, we strolled on over to dinner and had a relaxing evening in the dorms. 

Saturday, May 31, 2014 - First Practice
By Marie Reiterova
Today was our first practice day. We woke up bright and early, had breakfast in the cafeteria and headed to the gym.

This was the first time we ever walked to practice, because it was only 5 minutes away from our dorms. During lunch and dinner, we had a good time with the girls, because we were joking around and it was just a good atmosphere.

The second practice was shorter and afterward some players went out to walk around the campus. We talked to locals and other athletes here from U of M (University of Manitoba).

We went to the stadium of the Winnipeg professional football team and it was huge. There was an event for adopted kids, so that was interesting as well.

Fun fact for today: I tried to teach Delaina (Sarden) and Abbie (Fleener) some French words. All I can say is they know how to play volleyball, but they struggle with French.

Tomorrow we are going to have a scrimmage against the Canadian National team, so we are all excited for that. Go Knights! Charge On!

Friday, May 30, 2014 - Travel Day
By Sarah Nemes
Hey everyone! Today was travel day. We left UCF around 6 a.m., listening to our wonderful Marching Knights CD.

We departed from Orlando around 10:30 a.m. Our first stop was in Chicago, where we got some lunch and prepared to go across the border. We arrived in Winnipeg around 5 p.m.

After collecting all of our belongings, we headed out to the University of Manitoba, which is where we will be staying during the duration of our trip.  Everyone was able to get settled in and go look around campus. Coach Todd even got to see UCF alum Kevin Smith. Awesome, right?  

For many of the girls, including myself, this is our first time being in Canada. For some, this is their first time being in a different country. We are so excited to experience a different culture, but this training with the Canadian National teams and furthering our development for our fall season.

Stay tuned to read more about our times here in Winnipeg. Go Knights! 



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