WVB EuroTrip 2017: Day 1 - Reykjavik, Iceland

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    May 19, 2017

    The USC women's volleyball team is in Europe from May 18-30 for seven international exhibition matches and a taste of European culture and sightseeing. The Trojans started in Reykjavik, Iceland, where they experienced the Golden Circle Tour during the day, and then faced and defeated the Iceland National Team, 3-1 (25-19, 25-23, 18-25, 25-14), in the evening. Junior middle blocker Madison Murtagh blogs about the team's first day abroad.

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    What a day! Getting here was actually pretty easy. We took one flight from LAX to Seattle, where had about a one-hour connection; and then we flew to Reykjavik, Iceland, which was about a seven-hour flight. I slept almost the entire time, so it felt super fast and easy. From there, it was an hour-long bus ride to our first stop on the Golden Circle Tour.

    Our first stop was the Þingvellir Park and the Continental Divide. It was really cool to see and walk where the two tectonic plates between North America and Europe meet. You could actually see the jagged lines of where they met up. Our next stop was the Geysers at Haukadalur. We got to see the main geyser blow once and then we enjoyed some food and soup. The third stop on the tour was the Gullfoss Waterfall where there is a huge glacier. We got to walk down and see it and felt the mist from the water on us, which was really cool. We took so many nice pictures.

    From there, we drove into Reykjavik and went to our hotel. Most of the team was passed out on the ride there from the long day of travel. We had about two hours to get ready for our first match. We played the Icelandic national team and we beat them in four sets. We had pretty good first and second sets, but let up in the third, which we lost. We came out really strong in the fourth set and won. They seemed like really nice girls. We had dinner with them afterwards and took some pictures.

    Iceland is a really beautiful country. It seems really green and there's a lot of water everywhere. The landscape overall is breathtaking. I'm really looking forward to tomorrow's trip to the hot springs. I've heard so much about them and I think it'll be a really nice experience to have with the whole team. I'm really looking forward to it. Fight On!