Jan. 21, 2013
I have always been fascinated with trains. The swift way they roll along the tracks, pistons snarling at the countryside. You see, a train is never unsure of its destination. Ruinous weather and fog hardly slow the train down. It is always right on time as it pulls into the station, tooting its steam whistle. A timely marvel of perfect resilience.
For some reason I think of competitive sports when I think of trains, with the season being the track. For Loyola Men's Volleyball, it has been a steady journey thus far. We are on a four-game win streak and I think of the train gathering steam as we chug along. We are not unsure of our destination. Through wins and losses, we are set on a path to the Final Four. You can try to slow us down, but there will be no derailment because our motivation is only gaining in speed.
So far, it has been a great East Coast trip. We downed St. Francis and George Mason in three games apiece and now we have Penn State in our crosshairs as we anticipate a challenging and exciting match.
We received great inspiration from an Olympic great, Aldis Berzins, Dainis' father, who was a key member of the 1984 U.S. Men's Olympic Volleyball team, capturing the gold in Los Angeles. After spending time with the Berzins family this weekend, it was a great motivator for us in our quest for the school's first Final Four appearance. If anything, it is another coal for our furnace and fuel to our engine.
All right, I'm over the train analogy. Catch us against Penn State tomorrow and come out to support the team this weekend when we return home to take on George Mason and NJIT!