I like University of Texas football and all and I did enjoy last week’s win against A&M even though with 2 minutes left to go I said I would never watch football again because it might give me a heart attack. I got over it quickly, though, as the football sailed through the uprights as the clock ticked down to zero and we won. Hook ’em Horns.
University of Texas women’s volleyball is different. The stage is smaller. You can see the players up close. You can sense more directly the speed of the serve and the nearly instant, rock-solid response of the defense. The hitter strikes the ball with such force and speed, you have to watch closely or you will miss it. Cheerleaders cheer. The band plays. Sparkles and I went to a game last month and it was a pretty sweet time.
(OK, we did get there late which is how we got these not-so-special, general-admission seats with the less-than-perfect view. And we had to leave early due to attention span issues. But it was still a pretty sweet time.)
Besides my awe at the sheer athletic ability and the team spirit and determination on display, I enjoy the games in another way too.
I grew up in the time when men played sports and women cheered from the sidelines most of the time. Now women play too – strong, powerful women. (In this case, they are also very tall.) I’m not sure how often this happens, but I’ve seen men from the UT swim team show up in their speedos to cheer on the women. I get a kick out of that. Here is a video of their excitement after ANOTHER win against Texas A&M a while back.
Another good reason to bring this up now is that the UT Women’s Volleyball team just won the Big 12 Championship. Hook ’em Horns again. AND, they #earned the #1 seed in the NCAA Championship Tournament. AND, UT is hosting the First and Second rounds of the tournament this weekend in Gregory Gym. AND, instead of the crazy prices and crazy you-can’t-get-a-ticket-at-all football business, you CAN get a ticket to a volleyball game for as low as $5. Tickets may be purchased at TexasBoxOffice.com.
Go Lady Longhorns! Just don’t give me a heart attack.