Liz and I finished 9th in India. It was a decent result, but we were both unhappy with it. We didn't play our best when we needed to, and we were making uncharacteristic mistakes. We won our first two games against Spain and Italy, but lost our next two games to Germany and Belgium. I knew it would be tough getting back into competition after taking some much needed time off, and well, it was. It was frustrating to lose sets and games that I know we could win, but also helpful because it showed us what we need to work on. It's hard to look at the bigger picture right after losing. But stepping back I remember that our results in India don't have an effect on us, and the greater purpose of the tournament was to jump start us back into competition mode and prepare us for our two big tournament at the end of the season (China & Thailand FIVB Opens.). And that's exactly what India did. After returning home we had a chance to fine tune different aspects of our game on and off the court. Now we are in Mexico for a NORCECA event, another exhibition tournament to help us prepare for our final FIVB Open tournaments of the season.
Liz and I arrived in Mexico yesterday afternoon, we got picked up at the airport (always a surprise when it comes to Norceca events), and taken to our hotel which is an all inclusive resort right on the beach. After checking in we practiced at the courts which are right by our hotel. We also have today to adjust to the heat and the different ball before competition starts tomorrow!