After enjoying the couple days of Thanksgiving break spent at home with friends and family, and eating ourselves into a food coma, I think we were all pretty eager to get back into the gym again with the approach of the Mixed Pairs competition!
We started off the weekend by attending the first game of the NCAA volleyball championship as our Fighting Illini beat Central Michigan, very exciting! Things only got better from there. We had our Mixed Pairs competition on Sunday. In this competition, each girl on the team is paired with either one or two guys on the men's team and both the girls and the guys compete either 1 or 2 events. This competition is much more relaxed than a regular meet since other student-athletes are the judges. The meet is a way to get us out on the competition floor at Huff Hall in preparation for the fast-approaching season! There were many people in the audience, which always brings in high energy, and of course, the beat of the Illini drumline doesn't hurt either! After the scores were totaled, Elise Gill and her two partners, Andrew Margolis and Cole Smith, won the competition, congrats to them!
Unfortunately, after this busy yet exciting weekend it's now time to buckle down and avoid Facebook because the end of the semester and finals have arrived. I can't believe we have reached the end of first semester, season is just around the corner! After finals are over, we will stay on campus for a couple more days and actually have one more intrasquad before going home for winter break. We are all definitely in the holiday spirit! (My roommate Liz McNabb and I joke that it looks as if Christmas threw up in our room due to all the decorations and lights! Haha) I hope you all have a wonderful holiday! Thanks for tuning in!