Chasing Gold: The Olympic Experience
Aug. 1, 2012
Bob Alejo, NC State's assistant athletic director for strength and conditioning, is in London for the Olympics. He'll be blogging about his Games experience. Coach Alejo is there to assist defending beach volleyball gold medalists, Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers, in their attempt to win it again.
Tuesday, July 31
Practice at noon today giving us enough time to sleep and get ready for the 9 p.m. match and the lifting session afterwards. Good practice, mostly working on serving for both guys and Phil (Dalhausser) passing. About an hour's worth of a light sweat. Heather Cox was at practice prepping for her coverage of the match. And, a woman from the Associated Press who was familiar to me from when she was covering the Oakland A's my second time. Other than that a pretty low-key day. Heading over to the venue at 7 p.m. for the 9 p.m. match against Spain.
Wednesday, Aug. 1
Well........not as smooth as we would have liked it to be but a victory nonetheless, 19-21, 21-16, 15-13. We had enough chances to take them in two but we did not perform when the time was right. This match was the important one, besides the gold medal match, because it guaranteed us not being eliminated in pool play. Plus, a loss would have put us in a must-win against the Czechs tomorrow night. Still, I'd like to win out and go into the start of the tournament (round of 16) as the No. 2 seed. Todd (Rogers) was not himself, missing serves and hitting into the net on a couple of easy shots. Phil was setting Todd tight to the net, not giving him room to work the ball off the block - typically not our style. Phil mentioned to me that he thought he was "trying to do too much." As a coach that's the last thing you want your players to do. Doing too much makes you a totally different athlete. My short response to Phil was "When you are on you are the best player in the world. That's enough!" We have to close-out better because during the medal rounds the teams get better and won't allow us to get away with mistakes. Good lifting session following the match and even though we played an hour earlier we didn't finish dinner until about 2 a.m. Todd and Phil are on the Today this afternoon (around 8 a.m. EST) so the morning is dead. But its practice tonight and the Czechs tomorrow night.