In 2004, the University of San Diego had arguably their best season in school history. The Toreros not only went undefeated in the difficult West Coast Conference, but they also reached the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Tournament, both program firsts. Finishing with an overall record of 24-5, USD produced six impressive wins over Top-25 opponents. One of the main reasons for San Diego's successful run the past year was due to the overall play of senior Devon Forster. The 6-1 outside hitter was responsible for a majority of USD's potent offense, averaging 5.33 kills per game, good for No. 9 in the country. In addition, her outstanding passing and digging abilities made her one of the most versatile players in the country. For her efforts in 2004, Forster was named the WCC Player of the Year and was honored as an AVCA Second Team All-American. The native of Boulder, Colo. completed up her Torero career near the top of almost every statistical category: No. 1 in career attack attempts (4,603), No. 2 in career kills (1,886), No. 2 in career aces (148), and No. 4 in career digs (1,189).
Currently, Forster is playing professionally in Puerto Rico for the Indias de Mayaguez (www.indiasmayaguez.com). Her team is currently near the top of the league with an overall record of 15-3. As a starter, she has been a key contributor to the success that Mayaguez has enjoyed this past season. In addition to Forster, other notable players on the roster include former collegiate stars like Shannon Torregrosa, 2000 AVCA National Player of the Year Greichaly Cepero (Nebraska), and 2004 Olympian Nancy Metcalf (Nebraska).
Each week, Forster will bring you a journal entry depicting her time in Puerto Rico: the good times, the bad times, and the truly bizarre events that make being a professional volleyball player so interesting...
March 8, 2005
Hello again! I now know exactly why I bought a laptop before I moved down here. It was so I could take it with me to the pool, and write my journal entries in the sun. It is yet another beautiful day down here. It's been in the low 90's for the past few days, and you can tell it's getting closer to summer because the humidity is on the rise. But the nicer it gets outside, the hotter it is inside our non air-conditioned gym. Although we do actually have air conditioning in the building, somebody decided that we only needed it for game days. And K. Hurst you thought San Diego was bad...I think you would need seven shirts down here. I think I do too, but the trouble is I only have two practice shirts to my name, and I can only do so much laundry in a day.
Anyways, the last week for me has been kind of crazy. We finished our regular season with a record of 15-3, and a solid second place in the league. Our last game was against the Gigantes de Carolina. Their two refuerzos(foreign players) are Kristee Porter from UCLA, and Lynnette Moster who just recently finished her last season at Georgia Tech. The last time we played them we beat them in a close five game match, but this time we beat them fairly easily in three. Just recently, I was named the India Estrella de la Semana. It basically translates to the India Star of the Week. It is sort of like being named the WCC Player of the Week. It's not that big of a deal, but it was exciting for me.
The past couple of days of practice have been spent in the gym preparing for post-season play. Only the top six teams make it and we will play each team two more times in the round robin to see who makes it into the semifinals. It is exactly like the regular season except there are fewer teams, and the schedule is much more rigorous. Beginning Thursday the 10th, we will play ten matches in nineteen days! So needless to say I am enjoying my free time while I can.
This Thursday my very best friend Laura is coming to visit me for her spring break. One of the many perks of being down here is that my friends and family now have a good excuse to take a vacation. My dad and my step mom came to visit in early February, and my mom was just down here about a week ago, so I have been getting a lot of use out of my hotel room this past month.
Unfortunately, I got my second flat tire a couple of days ago. I think the combination of the Puerto Rican streets and the quality of my rental car tires makes me an easy target. Luckily my teammate Shannon lives at the same hotel as I do, and I have been able to avoid changing my tire for some time now. I am excited because I finally made an appointment to get my hair done this Friday. I've been a little hesitant to have someone new cut my hair, but I'll tell you how it goes next week and Jen, if you're reading this, I'll tell you how she is!
Besides that, we play Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday of this week, and I am really looking forward to it. I hope this finds everyone well, and I can't wait to write more next week.
Until next time,