Nov. 15, 2013
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State women's basketball player Alex Sheedy is keeping a season-long blog on the team and their experiences both on and off the court. Here is her second entry of the 2013-14 season.
When I first arrived in Fresno and started my college career, I really did not like football. I don't like rugby that much either. It's very different to AFL (Australian Rules Football - Look it up on YouTube), and there is so much stopping and waiting and boring parts. But as time as rolled on, I have started to enjoy it. I still don't like that there are such long breaks, but it's more exciting for me now. I even watch college football on the television on the weekends.
I'm so happy for our team. Last year was awesome, I really got into it more and was so proud to be a Bulldog when they won the championship. It's the best feeling in the world. And it was really only the start. There are so many talented players on the team, I hope that they go undefeated the entire season and earn their place in a BCS bowl, like they should. #DC4Heisman - let's make sure that everyone gets around it and gets him some really great national exposure so they have to take him into even more consideration. (I don't know how all that stuff works, but just go with it.) He's great!
I suppose I should get on with the more important things, like basketball. Just kidding, it's my birthday soon and that's pretty important. Haha. I love birthdays, and it's my 21st on Nov. 17. I am so thankful to my parents and my family for all the gifts and love they have been sending me the last two weeks. It's been great, and I love all the gifts! Thank you!
Anyways, the really important things now: Well, big news - Bree, Taylor, Jacinta and myself have been named team captains this year. Yay! I'm so excited and humbled to be in this role, with three other amazing players and leaders. It's going to be a pretty fun year. It might seem like a bit of an overkill to have four captains, but honestly, it's not at all. We all have such different styles of leadership. Bree and Taylor are so experienced and Jacinta and I are still learning how to lead like they do, so it's a really great tool for the two of us. Our team isn't about having a sort of dictatorship leadership type thing, it's important for everyone to understand their role in the team and to have input. Horizontal leadership is what we strive to have, and having four captains is like that.
We have played three games so far (one an exhibition) and currently sit 1-1 with a loss to USC. It's pretty disappointing to lose, but what we got the most from that game was that we are going to improve so much because we have some amazing players and so much potential in our team. We have some really talented younger players that are going to be so great in the years to come, keep an eye on them.
I know that we are only going to get better and better as the season goes on, our practices are really focused on getting better everyday. Obviously, there is always going to be some ups and downs, but I know that all of our team is committed to becoming champions. We will always hold ourselves to a high standard, otherwise what is there to fight for and why would anyone watch us play? I think that shows in our fight on the court as well.
We are currently preparing for our Fullerton road trip. It's going to be a good game, we have a lot of similar things in our systems (from what I have heard), so it will be a good experience for us. I love that our scout team, The Builders, are helping us prepare so much for the season. They deserve more credit for working as hard as they do. I hope that our fans can make it down to Fullerton, really it's only a few hours - make a weekend of it! Stay in LA. Just think about it, it could be fun. Haha.
Just wanted to give a shout out to Paul George for his support of the school, I think that's amazing. I hope there is some kind of record broken with the crowd in attendance. Tell your friends, everyone should go and support our men's team, they're just going to keep improving. I guess that's something we have in common, new players, relatively new coaches, new systems, it takes time but the work pays off.
So, I know this happened a few weeks ago, but I wanted to congratulate my friend Tanya from women's tennis on her winning start to her season. She has had two knee surgeries (I think) and has really worked hard to come back. She deserves some love for that! Congratulations Tanya!
Funny story - my grandmother sent me an email ten minutes after I had come up with the idea to do a `player spotlight' in my blog. It was very weird, but pretty cool. Great minds think alike. I decided to do this just to introduce you guys to a few of our players, I'll try and get to everyone throughout my blog! Just a few little questions for each person, and the first player in the spotlight is freshman Emilie Volk. She is a great girl, really thoughtful and genuine and kind. Not to mention an awesome player.
Player Spotlight - Emilie Volk
How old are you: 18
Where are you from: Ogden, Utah
Year & major: Freshman, Kinesiology
Favorite Food: Italian
Superpower of choice: To Fly
Dream job: Doctor
Remember, any questions, send an email to Jason Clay (firstname.lastname@example.org) and he will pass them on!
See you at the game (hopefully),
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