July 9, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Senior setter/outside hitter Val Nichol is competing with the U.S. Collegiate National Team at the Global Challenge in Croatia. During her stay in Europe, the Normal, Ill., native will be checking in periodically on purduesports.com.
On Wednesday, Nichol reported that she and the team have arrived safe and sound in Slovenia, where they will begin training on Thursday.
After a two hour drive to the airport, a two hour flight from Chicago to Philadelphia, an eight and a half hour flight over the pond to Venice, a four hour drive from the Venice International Airport to our hotel in Slovenia ... One bag of beef jerky, one bag of sunflower seeds, two movies, and very little sleep, we are settled...for a couple days at least. The good news is that I didn't have anyone sitting next to me on either flight! Anyway, a short walk-through practice to get us moving and a delicious meal concluded day one. I am planning on catching us on some sleep to prepare for tomorrow.
Tomorrow, we have practice in the morning, a team lunch and our first "friendly" match against the Croatian National Team! More good news is that I get to wear the number 2 just like I do at Purdue! Let this journey begin!