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It’s GAMEDAY! Bruins at breakfast

May 19, 2011

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Good morning from PALO ALTO! I just got word from my parents who are flying up this morning that there are a band of Bruins in the airport. And while the Bruins are coming up, we are scooped into our routine–getting a bite at our favorite breakfast place Hobee’s along with other teams that are here.

We are loose and excited for the day! Not to mention relaxed–we have plenty of time to kill before we warm up before the match. GO BRUINS!

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NCAA Banquet pictures

May 18, 2011

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As promised, here are a few pictures of and from the banquet. Great night of food and luxury!

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Bruins finish their hit and relaxing before NCAA banquet

May 18, 2011

To follow up where I left off, we were able to hit at the Stanford courts where we will play tomorrow and there was definitely some good tennis that was being played. Seriously, everything really looks loose and there were a lot of smiles on the court. You always want to go into the night before the match knowing you prepared well and feeling well, and I feel confident that each of us feel that way. No new is good news, right? We went about our business today and have a few hours to relax before the NCAA team banquet tonight at 7:15pm with all 16 men’s and women’s team. It’s always a lot of fun seeing everyone dressed up and looking all spiffy–even hard to recognize some people!

Anyway, I’ll definitely blog tonight from the banquet and put up some pictures as it is always an exciting evening and fun to really feel the NCAA atmosphere. And later this evening when I get back, I’ll do a match preview on Baylor, too. GO BRUINS! 🙂

Good morning from Palo Alto!

May 18, 2011

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It’s the concluding day of practice before the Bruins and Bears go to battle at the Taube tennis center! We had a nice morning breakfast at the hotel as we will get a hit today at the site where we are going to play tomorrow, I believe.

Just checking in–GO BRUINS!

Oh, what a night of food and fun for this band of Bruins!

May 18, 2011

Good evening everyone! Many of you will be reading this tomorrow morning, as late-night shopping and meetings with Coach delayed this evening’s blogging extravaganza (I wish!). In all honestly, not much to report except to share our amazing experience at our “host” family tonight; the tournament organizes families to have all the teams over for dinner a night before the tournament starts and tonight was our night. This being my 4th NCAA, appropriately, this is my 4th “host family” dinner…and wow, was it amazing!

First, we found our way to this absolutely beautiful suburban style house fit for kings (and queens)! Immediately, we were showered with warmth, appetizers, and plenty of sports competition by the way of basketball shootouts and table tennis. Not to mention HD offering of the Thunder-Mavs Game 1. Anyway, we had a stunning dinner table all set for us and the food, well, was just out of this world–so to speak. We had our own little Salad bar to start, then followed by filet mignon’s and chicken–freshly grilled–with pasta, mashed potatoes, white bean salad, and some grilled veggies. It was unbelievable, truthfully, and just don’t know how to describe such a meal that they put on for us! And of course, a “make our own” sundae/ice cream bar just for us.

Anyway, it was a lot of fun and a delicious meal. We thank our host family so very much and look forward to seeing them in some blue and gold on Thursday! As for tomorrow, Bruins going to get some sleep, get breakfast at the hotel, and then focus on on day-before hit. Things are still pretty loose right now in terms of our demeanor and attitude as we are going to try and keep it that way tomorrow before the match. We are underdogs and have no pressure going on.

Anyway, until tomorrow, GO BRUINS!

Weather holds out–Bruins get second hit!

May 17, 2011

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Well, that was lucky! Despite a 70% chance of rain, it’s actually really nice out with a hint of sun here or there. Anyway, the guys are hitting at the alternate courts as our opponent Baylor is right next to us–gotta’ love NCAA’S!

But other than our hit, not much to report–just preparing and easing our way into the week.

GO BRUINS! (Oh and thanks for the comments everyone–I love reading them!)

A morning (quick) rainy hit

May 17, 2011

Well, our scheduled hit was this morning and the guys are currently hitting and finishing up as it is drizzling here–not enough for the guys to stop but enough for them to be really, really careful.

Our second hit is at 3-5pm but the forecast only looks worse. Mother Nature, as they say, is intervening in an unfriendly way.

I’ll keep you updated–GO BRUINS!

P.S. I’ve started uploading videos on the YouTube channel again (I had some tech trouble that is now resolved), so check that as well.