GREEN BAY VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS AT USA NATIONAL TEAM TRYOUTS
Editor's Note: Green Bay volleyball players Brittany Groth, Carmen Leitermann and Leah Poel are heading to the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo. from Feb. 10-12 to compete in open tryouts for the U.S. Women's National Team. The Phoenix players will participate in four training sessions during their time in Colorado alongside over 200 of the nation's top players. Throughout their trip, the three players will share some of their experiences with Phoenix fans on this blog. Head coach Debbie Kirch will also provide some insight on having her players competing among the country's best.
OLYMPIC TRYOUT JOURNEY COMES TO AN END
The trip for Brittany Groth, Carmen Leitermann and Leah Poel officially came to an end last night as they safely returned to Green Bay. But hopefully the "journey" will continue for a long time as they bring back their experience to the Green Bay Volleyball Team and help the team prepare for the 2012 season. Look for blogs on their experience later this week...
2 plane rides and a car ride later..finally back in geebs #night
back in wisconsin
LAST LEG OF THE JOURNEY...TIME TO HEAD HOME
tv on the plane #yesplease
Finally got my 15 minutes of pikes peak and the rocky mountains #amazing
Colorado by day. Green Bay by night. #travels
HOW DO YOU SUM UP AN EXPERIENCE LIKE THIS...
6 on 6 all morning. Rotated in and out with Clemson setter. Fiesty lil thing. #GBVBatUSAV
only played 6 on 6 games today during our session. Played with girls all over from the US! #GBVBatUSAV
The coaching staff was great! Had coaches from USAV and a lot of other colleges too. Learned a lot about passing in just a couple days
MEETING AN OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST
Officially met Michael Phelps #lovemylife
Just met Michael Phelps. I'm in love #GBVBatUSAV
So thankful to be able to have this experience and get to play where all the Olympic athletes train #onceinalifetime
Is the last session really over already?! Doesn't seem right #GBVBatUSAV
Just finished our last session. All scrimmaging today. Packing up and relaxing til the shuttle. #GBVBatUSAV
Solid 9 hours of sleep last night. One more session to go
CHILLIN @ THE OLYMPIC TRAINING CENTER!
Crazy that tomorrow is the last day in Colorado! Can't wait to scrimmage all day #GBVBatUSAV
In colorado springs right now at the training center trying out for the volleyball team, can I get a retweet @MichaelPhelps?
treats and snoozin, snoozin and treats. thank god for unlimited food and comfy beds.
BACK TO THE GYMS
Good session. Lots of good competition and game like drills! #UWGBatUSAV
learned how to swing block today, definitely a first for me. played 6 on 6 all afternoon. done for the day, out to explore CO. #GBVBatUSAV
session full of nothing but competing and playing. #sofun
DOWN TIME BEFORE SECOND SESSION
SESSION 1 IN THE BOOKS
Hour break and right back into the gym for our last session of the day! Can't wait to explore CO tonight. #GBVBatUSAV
fun to be in the gym with some of the best #GBVBatUSAV
i didnt know they made girls this big #GBVBatUSAV
DAY TWO BEGINS (OR IS IT REALLY DAY ONE)
Nothing like some Beyonce to get the day going!
DAY ONE FINALLY COMES TO AN END...
Finally in CO. Bedtime for me. Big day tomorrow! :) I just wanna dig some volleyballs...
LAST LEG OF THE JOURNEY...
All i want to see is some mountains
In Dallas, Texas!! Transfer flight to try out for the vball Olympics. Shout out to @KhloeKardashian :) can I get some good luck?
cant wait to see #pikespeak
NOT EVEN DONALD DRIVER CAN GET THE PLANE TO LEAVE ON TIME!
After a long morning of sitting in the Milwaukee Airport, the USAV crew (Brittany, Carmen and Leah P) are finally heading west with a short stop in Dallas, TX. Despite the delays, they were able to keep themselves occupied and ended up on the same flight as Donald Driver -- not too bad of a way to end your time in the Milwaukee Airport! Blog will take a break while they are in the air, but make sure you return tonight to continue The Adventures of B, Carm and LP!
Finally in the air! #GBVBatUSAV
TURNING LEMONS INTO LEMONADE -- COLORADO SPRINGS VIA DALLAS!
When all else fails, hang out and get pics with Donald Driver #thankyoudallas
donald driver is on our flight. one plus to the mornings disasters #GBVBatUSAV
SHOULD BE IN COLORADO ALREADY!
Would much rather be meeting other volleyball players than other passengers from our plane.
About to start a reality tv show in the airport. Any suggestions for a title?
i tell ya what milwaukee airport...if i wasnt 19 id tell you exactly how i feel #stranded
people keep asking us when the flight is leaving. im sorry do I look like a flight attendant?
Private jet would be great right about now #stranded
stuck in the airport. making so many friends. running out of things to do. #delay
LOOKS LIKE TIME FOR SOME TEAM BONDING!
never thought id be reading microeconomics to pass the time
FIRST "CHALLENGE" OF THE WEEKEND...
flight delay. must be the colonial woman on the wing. #GBVBatUSAV
- Leah Poel
The longer our flight is delayed the more apps I download. I just wanna be in CO! #GBVBatUSAV
Planes broke. Didnt they know we were coming? Let me fix it. #GBVBatUSAV
630am alarm. Breakfast of champions before heading to the airport. Chef Carmen. #GBVBatUSAV
LAST MINUTE PREPARATIONS
Going over airport rules with Cindy...how did I know this moment would come? #GBVBatUSAV
who knew walgreens conveniently had 3oz bottles of every bathroom product youd ever need #GBVBatUSAV
T MINUS 14 HOURS TILL DEPARTURE
Packing for Colorado. Can't wait to get in the gym and play :) #GBVBatUSAV
and the journey begins #GBVBatUSAV
GETTING READY FOR THE TRIP
February 9, 2012 - 1:40 p.m.
Packing for Colorado. Fly out in the morning! #GBVBatUSAV
PLAYING AGAINST THE BEST
With our spring season getting underway, I wanted to give some of our more experienced players the chance to compete against the nation's top players and experience what it is like to try out for the nation's top teams. Having been to the U.S. Olympic Training Center myself, I know they will have a great experience and will learn things that can help our team this spring and as we prepare for next season.
- Head Coach Debbie Kirch