K&T Volleyblog

Hello Spartan Fans!

Last Wednesday we left for our last road trip of the year to play Idaho and Boise State. Although things have not been going the way we would have liked and this was our last trip of the season, we still knew we had business to handle. We wanted to come home with two wins. We arrived in Pullman, Washington, at around two in the afternoon, checked in to the hotel, ate dinner, and had a late practice from 7-9 p.m. The next morning we had study hall, watched film, ate lunch, and prepared ourselves for the match. Idaho is a tough place to play because their gym is like ours, small, compact, and loud. The fans there are known to be pretty rowdy. We played decent but came up short.

The next day, Friday, we had to fly to Boise for our match on Saturday. We arrived at Boise pretty early and had the day to relax before our practice at 4:30 p.m. Afterwards we just ate dinner and went to bed. Our game against Boise Saturday night was their senior night. We gave them a run for their money but came up empty. Sunday we spent most of the day at the airport or on the plane coming home.

Our team has been through a lot of ups and downs this season. Even though our record may seem like it’s been more down than up, no one will know it better than our team that we have gained a lot of things through this season. Our hard work doesn’t seem to show by our record, but our entire team has worked hard since day one. Coming in the season we didn’t expect to have two injuries right off the bat. But it did happen and we had to overcome it. We had a very young team, and our freshmen needed to step it up. They are all very talented but still have a lot to learn. This was a hard season for everyone, but I know that each and every one of us gained something positive out of it. We have grown as individuals and as a team. I believe that all of my teammates, the freshmen who will be sophomores, the sophomores who will be juniors and the juniors who will be seniors, will do a fantastic job next year.

This week we have two games left, Thursday night against Fresno State and Saturday at Bakersfield. Thursday night will be senior night for Kristal and myself. It is crazy to believe that this is our last time in a Spartan uniform at home. I cannot explain how time flies by so fast. I still remember the first day I walked into the gym to tryout for the team, all these tall girls staring at me. I was so nervous and scared and second-guessed myself if I had made the right decision to try out. Little did I know that those were my teammates for the next four years.

I have learned a lot from each and every one of them and passed the good stuff on to the young ones that are on the team now. I came in being the youngest, and now that I am the oldest; I hope that I was a good role model for the young ones and taught good things them that would help them next year, the following year and so forth. Although most of the girls that I came in with are no longer here, the relationships that I have with them as well as my teammates now are indescribable, just as my experience the last five years were just as indescribable as well.

I would like to thank my family and friends for supporting me to play, my coaches for giving me the opportunity, and my teammates for being there for me on and off the court. I love you all!

Lastly, I would like to thank all the fans who have supported us through the season. I hope to see you all on Thursday night at 7!


Thao Pham