Nobley's BLOG From Croatia
July 13, 2016
Boise State junior Sierra Nobley is in Croatia with coach Shawn Garus and the MW All-Stars. Following is a BLOG where she talks about her and the team’s experiences in Europe.
July 5th | Travel Day to Europe
I am officially on my way to the 2016 European Global Challenge! I’m looking forward to meeting the rest of my team when we all arrive. I connect through Frankfurt and arrive in Austria tomorrow afternoon, and then we will drive to Slovenia to start training. I’m most excited for the adventure of exploring these countries, but also for the incredible competition we will experience and getting to play the same game that I love in a completely different atmosphere. I’m looking forward to getting on the court and loosening up after my long flights. My goals for this tournament are to embrace the challenge of competing with girls with whom I’ve never played, and also to rise to the challenge of high-level international ball and improve my game for this coming fall. Also, I’ll make sure to take in the wonderful sights of Europe and come back with a ton of great memories with my fellow Mountain West representatives.
July 7th | Maribor, Slovenia
We I have arrived safe and sound in Maribor, Slovenia, where we will stay for a couple days to practice. Today was a blast. We all finally met and had our first practice together, everyone is super excited to be here. We practiced for an hour and a half, then headed out to eat lunch. We took a ski lift up a hill and ate at the top, then to get down the hill we took the Alpine Slide! Each person sat in a little seat attached to a metal rail and slid down the hill, twisting and turning and going fast. Then later in the evening we played a match against a Slovenian club team and got experience with the international ball and with each other. Tonight we ate dinner in downtown Maribor and explored the city. All in all, an awesome first day of the Global Challenge.
July 8th | Day Two in Europe
Today we had a match against the Chinese Junior National Team. It was fantastic competition and really friendly before and after the game. We exchanged pins with them and took a group picture. Playing against them was a challenge because they were so physical and had a fast offense. They also served really aggressive. Our team is gelling well and getting more solid in serve receive as well as blocking. We are going to be ready for the Global Challenge by the time we get to Croatia.
July 10th | Lake Bled and the Opening Ceremonies
Just got back from the opening ceremony in Pula, Croatia. They introduced each team competing in the Global Challenge and took their picture with their country's flag. There are teams from Italy, Russia, China, Slovenia, Hungary, and the United States.
Yesterday after practice we drove to Bled, Slovenia, where there is a huge lake with an island in the middle, and we all took a boat out there and then jumped in the lake. It was the perfect temperature and tons of people were paddle boarding and kayaking on the water. Breathtaking!
Tomorrow we will play our first pool play match at 10 am against an Italian pro team, then another game against Russia in the evening. Wish us luck! We are excited and ready to compete!
Team Mountain West comes out on top! Today we played two matches, one against an Italian team and another against Russia. It was a blast, and we are playing well together.
July 12th | Undefeated After Two Days
We beat Hungary in our final pool play game, so we had a bye for the first round of bracket play. So... We went to the sea! We drove up in vans and then hiked across the rocks to a place where we could jump off a cliff. Some of us, including me, jumped off the one that was 30 feet high! Then we swam over to this cave which we had to swim underneath a rock to get into, and explored inside. Coolest experience I have ever had!
Tomorrow morning we play an American team in the quarterfinals, then if we win we will likely play China for semis tomorrow night. The finals are scheduled for Thursday, so let's go Mountain West!!!
July 16th | Final Entry
Our semifinal game against China (Wednesday, July 13) was a heartbreaker, but they were by far our favorite team of the tournament. We played Thursday (July 14) morning against Slovenia and stole the match in a tight third set, winning it 19-17! We received bronze medals and I was named all-tournament.
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