Penn State women's volleyball has
officially set out on its 12-day tour of Brazil, marking the fifth Nittany Lion
foreign tour in program history. From May 4-16th check in for
updates, photos and videos from the team as Penn State tours São Paulo and Rio
De Janiero to match up against top talent on the court, while also taking in
iconic sights. Stay tuned for daily updates throughout the trip.
CHECKING IN FROM BRAZIL: DAY 9
Hello everyone Kristin Krause here!
As you have heard from my fellow
teammates, we have been having a terrific time here in Brazil! This morning we
started off with some breakfast at the hotel that included fruit such as mango,
watermelon and pineapple, as well as some eggs and sausage.
Some of us went to spend the
morning at the beach since we were having beautiful weather in Buzios, which
from my knowledge, wasn't necessarily the case back home. Others spent the
morning relaxing outside at the pool at hotel, but everybody made sure they had
their sunscreen and bug spray on.
We all gathered at the hotel and
sat in a game room where we were provided with our game stats from yesterday's
match against the Brazilian Junior National Team. We had the opportunity to
watch some game film as well on a projector.
After film, we went to eat lunch at
Buzin restaurant which had a seafood buffet. The shrimp was absolutely
delicious! The food has been a huge hit and this restaurant has been a crowd
We then returned to the hotel and
checked out because after tonight's match we would be heading to Rio. We had a
wonderful stay at this hotel because of the change of environment and the
location. The aura of the group definitely changed when we got to Buzios and
had the privilege of staying near the beach!
This has been an amazing adventure
and an incredible experience for all of us and we owe you all a huge thank you!
We appreciate everything you all have done for us to give us this opportunity.
Hello everyone! B checking in!
After packing up the bus, we took
the same two hour drive as yesterday back to the Brazilian Olympic training
site. The team spent most of the bus ride snoozing and getting ready to face
off against the Brazilian Junior National Team for the second day in a row. The
scenery leading up to the training site never gets old and is beyond beautiful.
Once we arrived, we played five
sets. Winning the second, third, and fourth set securing the "win,"
but the volleyball competition was much improved from the day before. It is
interesting to see the different dynamics international teams compete with and
its always fun to play athletes we don't see every season, especially in a gym
where so many successful Brazilian volleyball players have trained.
Overall, the experience was very
humbling. (Side note: shoutout to Emily Sciorra for playing outstanding today, and
Simone Lee's block that landed straight down before she did - incredible). As
always, playing with the girls beside me is a great time and so much fun. I
wouldn't trade it for the world.
After playing, we were invited to a
barbecue type cookout in a little tent with the Brazilian coaches. The meal
included rice, cheese bread balls, steak, sausage, chicken wings, and some
delicious cheese garlic bread. It was a little different than our American
barbecue, but was definitely tasty.
Stuffed full, we hopped back onto
the bus for the two hour drive (filled with lots of chatting, mostly about
books, and apparently, "Lost in Alaska" is highly recommended) to our new
destination: Rio de Janeiro!
The scenery on the way back to Rio
was the complete opposite of what we saw around Buzios. As we crossed over the
long bridge into Rio, the lights of the city really showed how populous the
While there weren't a ton of tall
buildings like in Chicago or New York City, there were buildings and houses
covering all of the land-even up the hills and mountains. There were also
little outdoor soccer areas each direction you looked with people playing even
at 11 p.m. at night. Similar to what we saw in Sao Paulo, the graffiti and art
covered walls, buildings, bridges, you name it - was quite impressive.
We arrived at our hotel at Ipanema Beach late
at night, which was right across the street from the beach. Don't worry, that
will be utilized later on! The hotel was absolutely incredible and I cannot
wait to see what all Rio has to offer!
This trip has been an experience of
a lifetime and I don't think we could possibly put into words how grateful we
are for this opportunity.
Obrigada (thank you) and can't wait
to see you all again soon!
#21 Bryanna Weiskircher