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May 10-22, 2004

May 20, 2004

Dear Gator Fans,

We knew we were in trouble for tonight's match when the other team's libero was ripping balls during warm ups. We lost in 3 games to the French 1st Division Runner-Up, La Rochette. That's the bad news. The good news is we played the best match of the tour including Stefanie's finest performance as a Gator. Tonight's opponent would have easily won last year's NCAA National Championship. As if they didn't have enough on us with their skill level and experience, our guide for this leg of the tour just happens to be the team's starting middle blocker. Jo Fielder, a former Wolverine, now in her second year of professional volleyball, was as good at hitting the slide as she has been guiding our group. Of course, scouting us in the previous two matches, making us arrive two hours early for the match, then ditching us, we should have ditched her on the ride home. Just know, after four days with the Gators, she was sporting a Florida T-shirt after the match.

The Paris highlights included the shortest tour of the Louvre ever recorded: Michelle, Amber, and Marcie entered the museum, followed the signs to the Mona Lisa, elbowed their way to the front, and quickly departed at the first possible exit. (I told you, as long as they can block balls, we can live without their interest in the arts). For the others that actually saw more than one painting - Taylor, Stefanie, Lauren, Rhian, Sherri, and Rachel - their vote for favorite exhibit went to the Winged Nike. Jane spent the day brushing up on the French language as she visited with her aunt and cousin who live in the city.

Tomorrow is our last day of the trip. Our goal is to jam as much enjoyment into one day as possible. For some, that will mean sleeping in late. Welcome to the world of a college student.


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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