It's 77 degrees outside right now here in Detroit. It's 6:52 in the morning and I'm from Oregon. This is abnormal to me...
Today's temperatures in the Motor City are forecast to reach the mid-90s. One of the talking heads on the news this morning was talking about "record-breaking" temperatures, though I'm not sure what constitutes a record here. In any case, I'll be glad to be inside this afternoon when most of our teams are playing.
CEVA's two 12s teams conclude play today in the Flight brackets. Our 13s teams both started yesterday - MAC Juniors won their first match of the day in pool play, and NPJ won two matches, including one on the stadium court (Court 26), which was a neat experience for them. CEVA's two 15s teams concluded play yesterday in the Flight brackets as well - congrats to Excel NW 15-1 for winning their bracket and taking home some hardware.
The days are starting to blur together for me. Today is Day 6 of the overall competition - and day 5 for me at the tournament. It's been a fantastic experience so far. I've gotten to watch a lot of matches with our teams. I've gotten to catch up with a massive number of college coaches and recruiters who all have passed through the CEVA region at some point - many of them were former CEVA coaches themselves. Natalie Morgan (asst. at LMU), Laura Kasey (asst. at Minnesota), Emily Kohan (asst. at Colorado State) are just a few of the names I can think of off the top of my head. Angela Moberg, former CEVA Operations Manager, has given me a lot of logistics tips and tricks as well from her work as a USAV staffer at the Championship Desk here in Detroit - this is all information I can take back to our region and try to implement with our events in some shape or form.
It's so strange for me to be at a massive event like this and not be involved in the administration of it. I can walk around, make observations, take notes, talk to people, and support our teams. I'm not worrying about AES results, verification of rosters, where officials need to go, logistics of the facility … and it's weird. I'm not complaining necessarily, it's just that now, I get to see an event from a completely different perspective, so that's different for me. It's a hugely valuable opportunity and, like always, I'll be walking away from this tournament with a few pages' worth of notes, consisting of ideas, random observations, and conversation quotes that I've picked up. The next few days are going to be great, even if they might all blur together.
A major shout-out to the USAV staff for pulling off a great event. For this one regional representative, their work does not go unnoticed.