Women's Volleyball Reflections of Foreign Trip to Costa Rica

The Adrian College women's volleyball team in Costa Rica with Giocochea VBC. (Photo provided)
The Adrian College women's volleyball team in Costa Rica with Giocochea VBC. (Photo provided)
 
ADRIAN, Mich.--Members of the Adrian College women's volleyball team spent the month of August preparing for the 2018 season by traveling to Costa Rica, performing their annual community service project, working on team-building activities and playing two exhibition matches against local teams. Adrian left on August 1 and returned six days later.
 
The Bulldogs played two of the best semi-pro club program in Costa Rica, including Giocochea VBC and San Jose VBC.
 
Student-athletes and coaches also enjoyed zip lining and surfing on the surfing on the Pacific Coast in Punta Leona. "Most of our players haven't had the chance to even see the Pacific (Ocean), so it was quite an experience for them," quipped Adrian head coach David Kwan, who enters his seventh season at the helm of the Bulldogs.
 
"The girls also had a great time doing their service project with Special Olympics in San Jose," according to Kwan. "The players had to figure out how to communicate in Spanish, and the Special Olympics group got to learn some volleyball in return." Kwan noted it was a rewarding experience for all involved.
 
But the real highlights of the Costa Rica trip was the cultural exchange that the team got to experience with the local squads and guides.
 
"The different foods, language and life experiences of the people they got to meet there are an experience we hope they will remember for a lifetime," Kwan stated. "Getting them out of our little corner of the world and actually seeing that we have more in common with other countries and people is one of the takeaways I get to teach these student-athletes. And I am lucky to do so every four years."
 
The Bulldogs will be arriving on campus later this month for preseason workouts to get ready for the Tuesday, Aug. 28 opener against city rival Siena Heights at home in the Merillat Sport and Fitness Center. Adrian will begin its Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association schedule on Tuesday, Sep. 18 against Trine University--also at home.
 
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