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. 6, 2005

We are now halfway done with the academic quarter and well into our second round of PAC-10 play. This week was a particularly busy one for everyone, with midterms and traveling, but we came up with two W's on the road, so it was worth it. We beat Oregon State last night in a solid 3 games and defeated Oregon tonight in 5. Oregon is very beautiful, lush and green - and if you can stand the rain, it's a really enjoyable place to visit.

Last week we dropped our match against USC in a 4 game thriller. It's always hard to lose to SC, but at least we can take pride in how well we fought. Our Women's Basketball team came dressed in blue spandex and tall socks. Our Men's Volleyball team also made the drive and arrived in the Lyon Center clad in delightfully tacky attire chanting the usual "Bruins on a war path, oh ah" cheer. We really appreciated having both of those teams there to support us.

Our teammate Rachell Johnson has been a frequent National Anthem singer at many UCLA sporting events, and we have enjoyed going to watch her sing and then staying for the game to cheer for our fellow student-athletes. Men's soccer has been the team we have gotten to see the most because of scheduling, but we wish we could be at more.

This past Monday was Halloween and so in order to get in the mood we played Halloween music and wore black masks during our warm up for practice that day. Most of us are finished with midterms now (some had to take tests on the road here in Oregon) but a few of us are still trying to get through the mid-quarter mayhem. It's crazy how fast the time passes during season - five weeks have flown by fast! Well, that's it for now. Thanks for checking in :)