Women's Volleyball European Trip Update

June 26, 2006

Milan, Italy - After our stay in Ravenna, we traveled to Novara, a smaller town just outside of Milan. We arrived just in time for the Italy vs. Czech Republic World Cup soccer game. It was difficult to find a place outside of the hotel to watch the game - everything was either closed or packed full with cheering Italians. Italy ended up defeating the Czechs 2-0 and the streets of Novara filled with excited fans. We were able to take part in the celebration on the street as well, waving Italian flags and cheering for Italy along with the rest of the fans. The next day began with a tour of the rest of Novara. We saw castles, cathedrals and the main plaza, or Piazza del Duomo as the Italians call it. Next we played Asystel, a pro team from Navarro. We played five games, winning two and losing three.

Following our match, we drove straight to the city of Milan, my personal favorite so far. We meandered through the cobblestone streets, admiring the window displays of posh Italian boutiques, stopping to dine at a dainty, family owned Trattorias and somehow, despite our lack of Italian vocabulary, discovered that that night there was a free concert scheduled in the Piazza del Duomo with Sting as the headliner! We convinced the coaches (though not hard to do since the also wanted to enjoy the concert) to let us stay later to enjoy our good fortune - we were truly in the right place at the right time.

Italians from all over the region came to see Sting, totaling 1.2 million people on the streets of Milan that night...and we got to be a part of it! After a phenomenal performance by Sting, we returned back to Novara and rested the entire next day in preparation for our match against the Italian Junior National team. Our setter, Nellie Spicer was out for the match with a concussion and injured nose from the match the day before. Tammy Jackson and Jade Machado took the place of Nellie in the match against the Italian Junior National team. The match concluded with a 1-3 game loss, but the experience of getting to play such a high level international team made it worth the while. After the game we took a picture with the Italian team and some of the girls exchanged contact information. Post match, we hopped back on the bus, departing for a new city and our final stop of our trip, Rome.

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Saturday, Aug 29
vs. Virginia
Los Angeles, CA
(25-19, 25-21, 25-16)
Sunday, Aug 30 - 5:00 PM PST
vs. Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Sep 04 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. American University
Honolulu, HI
Saturday, Sep 05 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. Iowa
Honolulu, HI
Sunday, Sep 06 - 8:00 PM PST
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
Friday, Sep 11 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. San Diego
Santa Barbara, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. SMU
Santa Barbara, CA
Sunday, Sep 13 - 2:00 PM PST
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
Friday, Sep 18 - 10:00 AM PST
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
Friday, Sep 18 - 7:30 PM PST
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
Wednesday, Sep 23 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Sep 27 - 12:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Friday, Oct 02 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 04 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 09 - 5:00 PM PST
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Sunday, Oct 11 - 11:00 AM PST
at Colorado
Boulder, CO
Friday, Oct 16 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 18 - 1:30 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 23 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Sunday, Oct 25 - 12:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Friday, Oct 30 - 7:00 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 11:00 AM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Wednesday, Nov 04 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Nov 12 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 15 - TBA PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 20 - TBA PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Sunday, Nov 22 - 11:00 AM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Wednesday, Nov 25 - TBA PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 27 - TBA PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA