We were very proud to hear the awesome news that our 16 Black setter, Mackenzi Thornburg, who recently had her 14th birthday, was selected to be on the High Performance A2 Training Team. We said good-bye and good luck to this amazing setter earlier last week. Mackenzi has agreed to update us and send us pictures of this amazing journey. We will be updating this post as much as she sends us information.
I am finally home! I never thought I would miss my house, bed, or my sister as much as I did. I cannot tell you how nice it is to be able to eat good food and be able to have ac. The camp was so much fun and I would go back next year no question. It was so much fun and I got to meet a lot of new people and I m gonna miss them but there truly is no place like home! I won’t be able to see the beautiful mountain views when I wake up in the morning but that is perfectly fine with me. I get 1 week off then I am right back at practicing. I can’t wait!!!!
Today we had a team practice and we did really good. Then we scrimmaged teams tonight and we went 2-1. we beat the top team bout of course it didn’t count but we play them the first game tomorrow when we start tournament play. I am so ready to be able to sleep in my own bed and go to the pool. Now let’s just hope we preform tomorrow like we did tonight! Day 6 is going to be all tournament play.
Day 3 -
We had 3 practices again today and we did mostly playing today. In the gym there are 4 courts and 2 of them don’t have air conditioning and for the majority of the day I was in the hot gyms… It was so hot I think that is the most I have sweat in a while.
There are some really awesome coaches here. There is one coach named Matt and he is really energetic and always stays postive so you don’t really ever have to worry if you make one mistake. Everyone is getting better and better each day and I am learning more names for different tempo sets. Not it’s time to bring it in day 4! =D
Day 2 was the first full day of training. There were three sessions including drills, classwork and some playing time but there was down time between sessions so I didn’t get too tired. We walked from the dorm to the gym in the rain today so I got pretty wet. I guess I should have brought an umbrella or a rain coat.
All the girls here are amazing volleyball players. We will be split into the upper half and the lower half for tournament play for the last two days of camp. Not sure where I’ll land but I’m working hard and learning a lot. There is a coach here from Germany that I really like because gives detailed instructions that are easy to understand. All the coaches are really nice. I’m meeting a lot of new people and have both the other girls here from NC now. Day 2 done so getting ready for Day 3…
We just got done training and I have a roommate from Hawaii, California, and Virgina. I saw my roommate from Virgina in the Charlotte airport with a Mizuno bag on but I didn’t know if she was going to the camp or not so I didn’t speak, but we remembered seeing each other. I thought that was pretty cool. We went to class and the Olympian named Ogonna Nnamani (I think she played with USA in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics). All these players are really good…
Today we just did some rotations with different drills and then just played 4 on 4 for the last 30 minutes. Today was really fun but you definately have to drink a lot of water. Now on to Day 2!!