Sophomore outside hitter Hannah
Frohling writes in with this update after the team's first couple of home
matches, and ahead of this weekend's Asics Classic where the Waves will play
three home matches on Friday and Saturday:
This past weekend, we finally got to compete in our home gym in front of our fans and it was so incredible. We have been training hard in Firestone Fieldhouse since January in preparation for this season, but it always feels so good when we get to put the jerseys on and play for our school.
At the end of last season, we knew we had a special group going into the off season and the addition of our freshmen and a transfer, who have flawlessly integrated into Pepperdine volleyball, has really accelerated our growth. We've been here at Pepperdine training since July, putting in work in the weight room, getting touches on the ball in the gym and spending time together as a team and growing closer to one another. I can't say enough how special this group of 16 is and how much fun it is to come to practice every day and battle it out. With all that being said, we were so ready to compete at our first home game.
Our first home match was against Northeastern and with the fans behind us, we pulled out a 3-1 win. The whole team was on the same page and the game felt smooth, just like we've been practicing. It's awesome to play with people who you've been training so hard with and get the results that you've been working towards. We had a quick turnaround and played CSUN the next day at their gym. Unfortunately, we weren't able to get the win there, but the next day we were able to redeem ourselves against Weber State with a 3-0 win.
Being a sophomore, I knew what to expect a game day to feel like, but there was something so unique about getting to step back on the court after so many months without a match. We were all able to walk in with such confidence that the work we had been putting in would show in how we played, and it did. The chemistry of our team now is so amazing. Each girl is contributing to our team on and off the court and pushing everyone else to be better volleyball players, and better people. I am so stoked on this group and truly believe that we are going to do great things.
Another thing that is so neat on our team is that we call ourselves a family. We are the Pepperdine volleyball family, which means we are always there for each other to build one another up, and also that we can be accountable for others and make sure each person is fulfilling their potential. We don't back down from fighting for our family, and we are sure to encourage, listen and support each other when it is needed.
Overall, we have had such an awesome first weekend at home that was filled with some gnarly plays, lots of learning moments, going beyond limits and growth together. I am so ready to keep fighting with my team this week, and all the coming weeks. We are mighty, and we are Pepperdine volleyball.