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POSTCARDS
May 10-22, 2004

May 15, 2004

Dear Gator Fans,

New country, new team, same thriller: the Gators win 16-14 in the 5th. Today we played SCU Emlicheim, a 1st Division team from Germany. Again, Jane and Sherri lead us in point scoring, but this afternoon was a total team effort: Lauren's setting, Stefanie and Michelle's blocking - both in the middle and right side, and once again, the key to battling European teams: the consistent serve receive of Jane, Marcie and Rachel. As important as this competition is for our team, it may be even more so for the individual play of freshman Marcie Hampton and former setter turned libero, Rachel Engel. The experience from passing against these Cruz-like serves will be invaluable next fall.

With the match played at 13:00, we had the rest of the afternoon (and in Northern Germany, "afternoon" lasts quite a while in May). Our hotel, a quaint, cozy, guest house run by a local family and secluded in a forest, was a stark contrast from the Hotel Luxer in Amsterdam. Although the morning runners got lost (Nick's inner compass is no better in Europe than in the states), at least there were no close calls with bikes, trams, and cars. For the players - all three of them that were bold enough (Rhian, Sherri, and Jane), following the match, they braved the "heated pool" of the Hotel Am Waldbad. Understand, "heated" for the Deutschlanders is 68 degrees (think Ginnie Springs, only colder). One trip down the three-story slide and they were done. At least they were until they found the tube slide and started the competition. After braving the elements, it was on to putt-putt. Have you ever played miniature golf on a tin course - as in no astroturf? Welcome to the European course. The winner: our trainer, Matt Walser, followed by staff assistant Kelley Kish. Good thing Sherri, Jane, and Rhian play volleyball and not golf.

I take back everything I ever said about German food. Two days here and we've eaten nothing but great food. Certainly having our tour director do all the ordering ahead of time in German, hasn't hurt.

Tomorrow we leave for Cologne, a boat cruise on the Rhine and a much needed day off.

Auf Wieder Sehen,
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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