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Waterfield Blog #8: Football, Florida and Midterms
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Release: 10/05/2011
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Duke volleyball junior Nailah Waterfield will keep a weekly blog this season chronicling the Blue Devils' 2010-11 campaign. Last season, Duke won the 2010 ACC Championship, made the NCAA Tournament for the sixth straight year and advanced all the way to the Round of Eight.

Look for Nailah's blog every week during the season on

Waterfield Blog Archives
Blog 1: Getting Ready for 2011
Blog 2: Preseason Under Way
Blog 3: The Preseason Grind
Blog 4: Lake House Trip and Move-In Day
Blog 5: The Cameron Crazies
Blog 6: A Long Way From Home
Blog 7: ACC Opener

Duke Volleyball Blog #7 (September 21, 2011)

Football, Florida and Midterms...

It was a long weekend for Duke Volleyball made up of a couple losses, a Duke football game, a little family time, and a lot of study time for midterms. After a short week of practice, we took off Thursday afternoon for Florida. This meant returning home for Ali McCurdy and Kellie Catanach to see some family and friends.

Getting to Florida, however, turned out to be a little more complicated than planned. Our flight out of Durham was delayed almost an hour. Normally, this isn't a problem for us; we pass time easily as a group in airports. Last year we were big on riddles, but at RDU this Thursday we were playing a team favorite, "Would you Rather" - a game where we give someone two situations, and you are forced to choose one. For example someone asked would you rather have ten children or none? Brittany Balser was quick to answer 10, however Amanda Robertson was quick to answer none.

While we were having a great time laughing as a group, our coaches were a little more stressed out since our delayed flight was now expected to land at 6 p.m., and our connecting flight out of Charlotte was scheduled to depart at 6:09 P.M. Once we finally touched down in Charlotte, we were on a mission. Thirteen girls sprinting through the terminals with sounds of laughter, excuse me's and heavy breathing (that airport is huge). We got to our gate in a matter of minutes, but the plane was already boarded and ready for takeoff. After a ten-minute deliberation, pleading from our side, and debating from theirs, we were allowed to board the plane. If we missed that flight, the next one wasn't until 10:40 p.m., and although we weren't too worried about hanging around the airport, we were very worried about missing dinner with Kacy King, our beloved academic advisor who left this year to work at Florida State.

Sitting down with Kacy at dinner was amazing, but saying goodbye to her after a tough loss was emotional. If any of us had forgotten, we were all quickly reminded about how much we love her and miss her, but we are all so proud of how well she is doing and couldn't be happier for her.

After Tallahassee we had another flight to Miami, and Saturday we had all day in Miami to do homework, see family, and to much of our excitement, go to the Duke Football game. More than half of the team headed down to FIU on Saturday night to watch our boys get a huge win. It was so exciting seeing them on the road and, although we only stayed for the first half, we finished watching the game in the hotel's sports bar and enjoyed a very exciting fourth quarter. Although Miami was also an unsuccessful trip for us, we were still able to congratulate Duke football and be happy for the big things they are accomplishing so far this year.

This week will be filled with lots of midterms, but fall break is right around the corner and the weather is here to show it. Next week will be our first bus trip as a team and we are looking to improve our record on the road.

Nailah A. Waterfield
Go Duke!