Nothing tops playing as a team

FSU Athletics

FSU traveled a lot early in the season, but the payoff is playing the last five regular-season games at home.

Where has the time gone? It seems like just yesterday we were headed to California for our first matches of the season. Now we are in the home stretch of conference play -- literally the home stretch. Since we spent the majority of our season traveling, we get to finish our regular season at home in Tully Gym.

Our season has had a lot of ups and downs, and there has never been a dull moment. We have had to learn to fight adversity and play as a team with one beating heart.

It is hard to believe our season is winding down and the NCAA tournament is right around the corner. With only four matches left, we are excited to go out with a bang. While it is really hard to travel a lot, it is worth it when we are able to play the last five matches of our season in our gym.

We love playing in our gym. While it isn’t the biggest gym, it is a perfect environment to keep us motivated with our crowd behind us. In our past few matches, we have been reminded how much fun it is to play as a team. While individual awards and breaking individual records is fun, nothing is better than coming together as a team and winning. My favorite matches have been those where we have played like a team.

One of my proudest moments was when we beat Miami last week for the second time this season. We kept reminding ourselves to play together as a team. For the first time in my career, we won both matches against Miami. Normally we have split.

Monday was our day off and we got the opportunity to have dinner with Coach Mac’s wife. She made us a homemade meal, which we were all in desperate need of. We got to have breakfast for dinner; she made pancakes that melted in our mouths. After we were done eating she revealed the special ingredient for the pancakes -- cottage cheese. We thought they were normal pancakes, but to our surprise, the cottage cheese pancakes were really good and healthy as well.

This weekend we will be playing Wake Forest and Duke for the second time this season. We know the importance of winning out, and we are excited to use our newly found team unity to finish conference play strong and start preparing for the NCAA tournament.

"Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishment toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results." – Andrew Carnegie