July 26, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Junior Carly Edwards was a part of Bring it Promotions USA to China Challenege Invitational this summer. Edwards earned a spot competing for Team USA and traveled to Seoul, South Korea.
Edwards documented her trip with a blog and pictures so stay tuned to villanova.com to follow the adventures she had on this incredible volleyball opportunity.
June 28th -30th
Hi Villanova Fans!
Our adventure began today in Anaheim, California where 24 girls gathered together to practice in the world's largest indoor training facility home to the Olympic Men's and Women's National Team. We met to train before heading overseas to represent the United States in what the Chinese call a volleyball super tournament. The group included girls who will be seniors in college, those who just graduated and are signed to play overseas as professionals, as well as what we call the experts who have been playing international ball for a few years. Based on these three categories I was one of the youngest on the trip.
Day One practice began and we were put through drills and got used to the international ball, which appeared thicker and harder on the outside then the balls used in college. We split up by position and worked to integrate with one another focusing on the fundamental differences found at each position overseas. As an opposite my focus was on developing back row passing skills since international play only allows 6 subs to occur throughout a set to 25 points.
The teams were made fairly quickly based upon age and experience. My team was known as the select team and was made up of 12 girls two at each position.
On Sunday we had a two a day and ended the last practice with a scrimmage against the All Stars, the team that contained the graduated players and international girls. We set out and defeated them in a match best of three sets. It was a very exciting moment showing our possible potential as we head to another country to compete, hanging with the top team that contains players I had grown up watching and admiring.
After practice we all showered at the gym before heading to Manhattan Beach for a short dinner and on to the airport where the 12hour flight to Seoul, South Korea quickly approached.