Tammy Jackson Player Diary

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Bruin setter Tammy Jackson will submit a weekly web diary for the remainder of the 2005 UCLA women's volleyball season. The junior from Poway, Calif., played a critical role in UCLA's 2004 season, stepping in for three matches in mid-October. Jackson will provide weekly insight into the Bruins season with this web journal.

Nov. 27, 2005

Last night we concluded Pac-10 play with an exciting win over Cal in four games. Our lone senior Nancy Barba was honored before the match and afterwards teammates, family and friends came to Nancy's to congratulate her on four years of success. Today the seedings for the NCAA tournament were announced and we were placed 16th. We will host the first and second round next Friday and Saturday in Pauley Pavilion. Friday we will match up against the University of Kansas and prior to that USD and Long Beach will face off. The winners of the two matches will play Saturday to determine who advances.

Laura Kroneberger's sister plays on the Long Beach State team, and considering that we knocked them out in the second round last year, that could be a heated match-up. In terms of our level of play, we have made a lot of improvement lately and feel that we are peaking at the right time, so we're very excited to get into tournament play and show what we can do.

This past Thursday we had a day off and many of us were able to go home to spend time with our families for the Thanksgiving holiday. Those that are from out of State or too far to drive went to Laura's and Jordan's and had dinner with other teammates, family members and friends. It was nice to be home for the Holiday this year, in contrast to Thanksgivings of years past when we've been on the road.

We're approaching the end of our academic quarter, midterms have passed and we're looking ahead to prepare for finals and 10th week so that we can balance our focus between school and volleyball appropriately. Our Freshmen will be taking their first college finals in December, while the vets are more adjusted to the time constrains of the simultaneous conclusion of a season and an academic quarter.