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May 10-22, 2004

May 13, 2004

Dear Gator Fans,

Don't believe anything you've heard about Amsterdam being a safe city - try running. For those of us who don't serve and block on a daily basis - our day starts with a run - or in Amsterdam, dodging trams, cars, bicycles, and people. And in this city, it's the bicycles that are most dangerous. No helmets, no rules, no bother with runners - the Amsterdam way!

Head Coach Mary Wise talks with the Gators during the match against the Martinez Division I team.

Today we learned not only could our guide Weineke, the 24-year-old Pro player, speak fluent English, possesses a master of the city and most pleasant disposition, the girl can flat play. We lost tonight 3-1 to a team of professionals including a 28-year-old who literally won game two with her serve.

The Gators with the Martinez first division pro team.

What we learned back in 1997 - our last trip to Europe - is no less true in 2004: the European players serve at a different level. The great news is we won't face any team next season who can serve with the pace of these players.

Our day started with the player's excursion to the local flea market. With ten Euros provided by our tour guide, they were give the direction to purchase an outfit, which would be judged by the staff for creativity after the match. While the players shopped, a small group visited Madame Toussad Wax Museum, and an even smaller group toured the Van Gogh Museum. (Hey, as long as they can block balls I won't stress about the lack of culture thing).

Following the match, we dined with the pro players and were entertained by the "Flea Market" Fashion Show. And because the Dutch voted, Rhian Davis won with her Renaldo look-a-like costume.

Tomorrow we say good-bye to Holland and hello to Germany - can't wait to taste that German food!

Coach Mary

Previous Postcards:
May 21, 2004
May 20, 2004
May 19, 2004
May 18, 2004
May 17, 2004
May 16, 2004
May 15, 2004
May 14, 2004
May 13, 2004
May 12, 2004
May 11, 2004
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