Jan. 10, 2013
It is amazing how much a person can learn from the act of losing. Winning, scoring points, hoisting trophies and catching MVP awards says very little about a person. Yes, we know that the person was a great athlete who knew how to win when it counted, but other than that, we know nothing about who this athlete was as a person.
Losing, on the other hand, says a great deal more about a person, and in this case, a team. Losing is not just about being less talented, or less physically prepared. What do you do when you lose? Do you spew up garbage into the world in condemnation for the loss? Do you cage yourself in a shell and wait for everything to be all right again?
Or do you rise up through the smoldering ashes and become something greater than before? Do you learn the humility that comes with a hard loss, and then use that shortcoming to improve your character? This is what being an athlete is all about. Yes, it is no doubt about winning, but it is more importantly about learning how to deal with losing.
In our case, losing has been a familiar companion. Yes, we could choose to blame our first three loses on a terrible flu outbreak within the team. But, the Loyola Men’s Volleyball team is better than that. We have a group of guys that transcend what is shown in the box score. We know what it feels like to get so far and see a title taken from us. We know what it is like to suffer a humiliating loss.
But, we also know how to rally together as a family and achieve something great. We are 0-3, but that will not stop us from moving forward to a new challenge nor define us as people. We are a group of young men with supreme character and much to give to our school, fans and each other.
We hope to see everyone supporting us in our home opener against St. Ambrose this Saturday at 7 p.m. We’ll be back in Gentile Arena again next Wednesday, Jan. 16.