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Alex Smyth's Training Trip Blog: Final Entry
Courtesy: Richmond Athletics
Release: 03/16/2013
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Editor's Note: Senior Alex Smyth will chronicle her time with Spider Tennis on the team's trip to Florida, this Spring Break. Below is her sixth and final entry.

The last day of Florida ended in a very tough battle with South Alabama.  We lost 5-2, but everyone competed extremely hard.  Doubles once again was very close, and I was really happy with how Elizabeth and I played together.  We definitely improved since our match against Boston University, and hopefully will continue to for the remainder of the season.  It's nice to play with someone you are very familiar with and know their general tendencies. 

Singles wise, once again, from the matches I could see, everyone was fighting to try and win this last match of break.  My own match went to a third set, which I was thrilled about.  For the first time in a while, my knee actually felt as close to normal as possible. Granted there were times when it was very stiff, I was extremely happy to be able to move around and bend for a good portion of the match.  Yet, all good things must come to an end.  At 5-5 in the second set, I lunged for a volley and heard a pop in my knee. From that point on, it was difficult to move and bend.  I was pleased with how long it lasted, and that it felt close to normal again.  Hopefully with some ice, physical therapy, and workouts, it'll be ready for Thursday.

All in all, I had a fantastic time with the team.  We really bonded as a team, which is something I was looking forward too.  It can be tough to really know people based on how they are on the tennis court, which is why this break posed a great opportunity for us to spend quality time together.  I still can't believe this is my last spring break, and that it is close to being over.  I'm glad I was able to spend it with these amazing girls, despite not having optimal match results.  I truly believe that these matches will make us tougher and allow us to peak right in time for A-10s.  As the lone senior on the trip, I cannot thank my teammates enough for making it memorable and special.  I love each and every one of them, and couldn't ask for a better group of caring, intelligent, overall just wonderful individuals.  Here are a few comical takeaways that I have about each one of them:

Elizabeth- my right hand woman.  Sometimes I wonder if we can read each other's mind with the way we think.  My highlight of her on this trip would have to be her creation of adding brownie to the "Vinetta" ice cream we had from Shake Shop.  She is a genius to she the least.

Melissa- oh Mel, sometimes I wonder about you!  You remind me of my little sister, and it cracks me up.  Yet, I doubt she would ever be as bold as you on a particular day on the beach.  Yes, my highlight of you for this trip was when you came back to the beach carrying a half dead fish.  I'm not sure what went through your head during that time, but let's just get it on record that I will not be giving you high-fives until at least Thursday.

Georgina- by far the most animated person on this team. The amount of times random yells come from you, along with hitting people with tennis balls, makes you one of a kind.  By far one of the funniest moments of you on this trip was when the seagull took a bite of your ice cream. I've never seen such a reaction as yours in my life.  Maybe it was payback for all the times you have "accidentally" hit us at practice?

Katya- although her nickname is K-Slim, the name is deceiving.  My first highlight of Katya on this trip was the amount of food she can eat, and how many desserts she can consume.  I'm not sure where it goes, but I would love to have your DNA.  My second highlight of Katya actually comes from Thursday night.  As we were leaving the van, I asked everyone if they all knew what we were wearing tomorrow for the match.  Katya was very confident in her answer of " red tank top, blue skirt." Sadly, the blue skirt was incorrect, and white skirt was the answer. Soon, I know you will have all of the uniforms memorized by heart! Valiant effort!

Anna- similar to Melissa, Anna was part of the dead fish antic.  I'm not sure if she wanted to make some Spanish dish or what, but I also will not be high-giving you until Thursday!  My highlight of Anna would have to be from yesterday at the pool.  She was talking about how she wanted to do a workout, and all she needed was a beach to make it similar to beach workout videos.  A few minutes later, as I'm walking to the pool patio, I see Anna doing small step ups in her bathing suit.  She looked slightly crazy, and some man was also looking on wondering what on earth she was doing.  I guess it was improv?

Emily- she is pretty quiet in social settings, but changes entirely the minute she steps onto the court.  My highlight of Emily would have to be from today's match when all of us were watching her tiebreaker.  Emily is super intense and makes it well known to her opponent.  Whenever Emily wins a point, she yells one "Common," followed by a louder and more fierce "COMMON" directed at our team.  We all wonders what would happen if we didn't make eye contact with her and support her back quickly in return upon looking at us.  The idea was scary.  Hopefully it won't happen and her fierce warrior-like yells will always be caught by us, or I worry the price may pay!

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