July 27, 2001
Ramblinwreck.com is proud to provide readers with a glimpse into the volleyball team’s 12-day tour of Germany. Various Georgia Tech players will provide online diary entries from Germany describing their experiences, the opponents, and the sights and sounds of Germany. Look for subsequent entries on the right side of Ramblinwreck.com.
Kele Eveland #16
After a delicious German breakfast, the Georgia Tech volleyball crew headed towards downtown Hamburg for an afternoon of shopping. Everyone dispersed in their own direction in search of great deals and fashionable items.
Alex and Jessica were surprised when a pigeon welcomed them from the air. After cleaning off their bodies, Jessica was happy to find a gold-glitter jean skirt and Alex some body sparkles.
Keight and Amanda went into one store where Amanda found a rainbow-striped turtle-neck. Keight objected to the purchase, but Amanda continued to hand the cashier her Mark. Amanda is very happy with her buy, but Alex agreed with Keight on the bus ride back that she would have objected to the purchase, as well.
I managed to find some interesting, to say the least, German shoes. With clear-spiked bottoms, and a nice peach-orange color, the shoes were admired by some and given distraught looks from others. For all chocolate lovers out there, the favorite chocolate of all is Milka iwth Nougat Creme. Just look for the purple package with the cow on the front (they even sell it at Target now) simply amazing!
Enough chocolate talk – we are here to play some volleyball, and that is just what we did this afternoon. Tonight we had a nice team lunch outside and then walked to the gym where we had a brief practice before the match. We played a club team from the Hamburg area, made up of girls from ages 15-22.
After a slow start of regaining our ball control and losing the first game, the team took control of the match and we won the next three games.
I thought that ball control was the key to our victory, mainly because it allowed me to run an offense and set Kyleen and Alex with ease. Both Ky and Alex played extremely well as nearly every swing was a kill for those two – especially on the slide attack.
Keight Vincent, also known as the Ambassador of Defensive Health, stepped in at key points of the game and came up with key plays. Keight also did her job by making sure everyone knew what defense the team was in in order to ensure “defensive health”.
The opposing German club team played well against us. It was interesting because with the various ages, and most older than our team, the wisdom of the women shined as they placed balls in strategic locations.
Tomorrow we will continue our journey as we will take on the German National Team, who is coming off a Gold Medal performance at the Junior Olympic European World Championships.
Thanks for following our journey!