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Ana Sofia Jusino: My trip to the Czech Republic

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Ana Sofia Jusino: My trip to the Czech Republic
FAYETTEVILLE — Redshirt freshman Ana Sofia Jusino recaps her recent trip to Brno, Czech Republic, as a member of the Puerto Rico Junior National Team at the 2013 FIVB Under-20 World Championships which featured the top 20 junior teams in the world. Below she speaks about the first-week experience with the team as pool play began in late June. Jusino finished the two-week competition tied for 75th in overall scoring and 33rd in blocks per set.
#1: Wednesday, June 19 We arrived in the Czech Republic today (Wednesday). We left San Juan on Tuesday at 1:51 p.m. for New Jersey, then we flew to Zurich and then to Vienna. From Vienna, we took a two-hour bus ride to get to Brno. It was a long trip. A looooooooong trip! I woke up on the plane to Zurich at one point fully expecting it to be night time, and when I opened the window the sun was out. Not like soft early morning sun, but like full on sun. We were tired, hungry, a little confused, a little uncomfortable, hungry and tired…AND hungry. We got to our hotel in Brno a little after 5, were eating by 6 and headed off to practice right after. Practice was a little rough but just what we needed to get rid of that sluggishness from the flight.
#2: Thursday, June 20 Today is our second day here. We have figured out that this country doesn’t believe in air conditioning, or anything cold for that matter! We were told the temperature here was supposed to be between the 50s and 70s, but it’s really in the high 80s and 90s. The hotel rooms and the courts don’t have AC because apparently it’s so cold throughout the year that they don’t need it. We slept with our windows completely open and no covers. They also don’t put ice in their drinks. They like it at room temperature. This morning we practiced in the gym we’re going to be playing in. It felt pretty cool. That arena is used mainly for hockey so to set up the court I think they covered the floor in wood and when you run on it, it feels kind of bouncy. I like it better than the sport courts. Later in the day, we had our first outing. We walked to a gas station five minutes away and our team manager bought us all ice cream. In the evening, we had to have some kind of physical activity, and to spare us from running in the heat outside, our trainer Katy gave us a little yoga class. It was pretty cool but it was hard. I had pictured yoga as being a little bit easier. But my body felt good after that.
#3: Friday, June 21 Today was the first day of the tournament. We practiced in the morning and had our first match at 5:30 p.m. against the home team, Czech Republic. We lost in 4 sets. We didn’t expect this game to be easy because in a world championship, everyone is good and anybody can beat anybody…hmm, kind of like the SEC. But we did expect to win this game. We just made too many unforced errors today. We’re disappointed to have lost but already looking to our next game tomorrow morning against Peru.
#4: Saturday, June 22 Today we had breakfast at 9, video at 10 and left for the game at 11. We played at 12:30. Today we definitely played better than yesterday but we still lost in 4 sets. Again, we made too many errors. Our coach went over the stats and we had done better than the opposing team in every facet, but we had twice as many errors. In the evening we had a really good practice. We feel like tomorrow will be our day. The Razorbacks’ season begins Aug. 30-31 with the Arkansas Invitational at Barnhill Arena. Season tickets for the 2013 Arkansas volleyball season are now on sale through the Razorback Ticket Center, both online and at the office near Baum Stadium. There are two options for season-ticket packages with reserved seats at $50 and general admission at $40. For more information and to purchase season tickets, call 1-800-982-HOGS (4647). For more information regarding Razorback volleyball or other University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Fans can also keep up with the program through the team’s sport-specific RazorbackVB Facebook and Twitter accounts.


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