Preseason Blog: And That's a Wrap!

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By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
AUGUST 15, 2011

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Senior Caitlin Higgins is giving a behind-the-scenes look at the Sooners' preseason practice.


And That's a Wrap | August 21, 2011
The final two days of preseason were quite refreshing! It seemed as if everyone was happier because we were so close to the end and practices were becoming more enjoyable with less drills and more playing. We played a doubles tournament during the afternoons which once again brought out the competitive spirits of all the girls. Suzy and I came out to be the winners on court 1 (barely) and Mindy was the winner on court 2. We switched partners for each round so it was individually based. We also continued playing with our red/white scrimmage teams and played a real game Thursday afternoon which turned out to be a five-gamer and an exciting game to say the least.

Thursday was also the day we went to Raising Cane's during lunchtime to sign more autographs and chat with some fans about our upcoming season. It was refreshing to get out of the gym and see the sunlight!

Friday was another off day before the scrimmage on Saturday and we all went to see the movie The Help. It was SOOOOO good and especially tear-jerking seeing as how all of us were flooding the theater with our tears. Many of us spent the rest of the day picking up books for school that is creeping up on us extremely fast. 

Finally, our scrimmage took place Saturday and I must say it was quite a success. We were especially proud of our freshmen for stepping in there and playing very well despite it being their first time in a sooner uniform playing in front of real fans. As much as we enjoyed it, we were all relieved when it was over so that we could unite again as a group instead of being split in half. I can't wait to see how it looks this coming weekend for our first tournament!

Fun Times | August 17, 2011
Four more days of preseason have passed and I'm pretty sure everyone has at least one body part that is struggling to work properly, but that's not unusual at this point. The days are beginning to run together but everyone still has a positive attitude about practice which makes the long days more enjoyable.

Saturday morning was also the Javi (Restrepo) walk in Shawnee and all of us walked/ran (mostly walkers) in memory of the precious little boy we miss so dearly. It wasn't nearly as hot as last year so that was very refreshing. On Monday, Santiago gave us our teams for the Crimson and Cream scrimmage so we began to play a little bit in preparation for Saturday.

Tuesday was another off day and we got to spend it together as a team. We had a team lunch and then team pictures, laser tag, more food, and finally autographs at a restaurant in Moore. Laser tag is always extremely competitive with our team but we had to take it a little easier this year due to young children that were included in our game. It was tons of fun (as it always is).

Now its time to get some rest to get through the last few days of preseason!

Christmas in August | August 12, 2011
And so it begins! The 2011 season began on August 8 as we all gathered together for a long day full of meetings as well as our "Christmas in August" (equipment distribution). Monday is a day we have been looking forward to for a while now since we're ready to get back at it. The day ended with a delicious team dinner before the start of our two-week preseason training.

On Tuesday, the team morale was surprisingly high, which shows how much everyone was ready to get back in the gym and play again. Everyone is so excited for what this season has in store and that is very visible during practice because everyone is working so hard and playing extremely well already, especially our studly freshmen. They aren't missing a beat!

Wednesday and Thursday were very similar as we spent the mornings working on defense drills, serving, and passing and then in the afternoons we focused on hitting, blocking and 6-on-6 drills. Our bodies are already aching and it's only been three days! Our breaks in between sessions are quite comical seeing as how we have been practicing in the Houston Huffman Center and our locker room is a storage closet that we aren't able to turn the lights off in, but we came prepared with eye masks and tons of blankets and sleeping bags to give it more of a cozy feeling, a characteristic that it was lacking!

It's not a surprise that our team has been using this situation as a form of comical entertainment. We definitely know how to make the best of what's thrown at us, which goes along with our motto this season: GO WITH THE FLOW!  Finally, our off day Friday has come in which most of us will be spending the entire day on the couch or in the bed watching movies. Days like this are taken full advantage of with our team.

Until next week...



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