Every Fan of GSUVB Needs to Know THIS

 Howdy! Yes, that title was clickbait. And to continue in the spirit of complete candor, I ought to start this by mentioning my absolute detestation of introductions. I’ve never liked them. I often spend far too much time staring at my blank computer screen, willing a witty, intellectual, and Pulitzer-worthy intro to appear and catapult me on my literary journey eventually culminating in some prestigious award presented by Beyonce. As of right now, that still has yet to occur (I’ll be sure to keep everyone posted as the situation develops). In the meantime, I’m choosing to supplant a proper introduction with some facts about me that normally belong in a solid intro, and will have to suffice: My name is Maddie McLaughlin; I’m a rising sophomore; I’m an outside hitter; I’m technologically impaired so there will be a noticeable lack of pictures in this blog.

Okay, thank god that’s out of the way. On to the body paragraphs!

   This summer has started out far better than this blog. I finally healed a herniated disc that had nagged me for months, and I was able to resume my physical preparations for the upcoming season. Please mentally insert epic training photo here. Possible ideas include (but are not limited to): “glowing” sweat, perfect tan, six-pack abs, applauding onlookers, heroic posture, pained-yet-determined expression.

   In addition to training myself, I have also been acting as a personal trainer for one of my friends and my dad. The former has been remarkably motivated while the latter opted to flip me off when things got particularly demanding. As a side note, this process of personal training has opened my eyes to the astounding capacity we all possess to change and grow; it has provided me with indisputable proof that the body responds to the demands placed upon it, and does so with alacrity. The commonly-held conception that “it’s too late” sorely lacks validity. In fact, I firmly believe that time is not the enemy of action. Fear is. But enough philosophical ranting! More about my important summer plans.

   My job this summer is that of “Recreation Supervisor” for the town, which essentially is a fancy way of saying “Teaching Small Children How to Play Badminton and Convincing Other Small Children to Run Track in the Hot Sun with Only the Distant Possibility of Olympic Glory and the Vague Promise of Half-Melted Popsicles as Motivation.” I suppose the first title is more succinct. But all kidding aside, I love my job. I love sharing my love of sports with people who are too young to claim that “it’s too late.” They remind me every day that time doesn’t create opportunities. Passion does. It’s never too late to do what you love.

   Uh-oh. We seem to have reached the other dreaded ingredient of every literary recipe: the conclusion. Once again, I must bail and leave this one up to your imagination. Please insert your favorite conclusion here. Can be from any illustrious writer; I’m open to Dickens, Austen, Faulkner, McLaughlin, etc.

   Hopefully you’ve done that. Wow, such powerful words from (whomever you chose). With those beautiful thoughts in mind, have a fantastic summer.

Sincerely (most of the time),


Kicking off Summer with a BLOG

Hello everyone!

It’s great to be back home for the summer and I’m so glad I’m able to start of this summer blog series with some moderately exciting content.

Here’s my doggo that loves to lay out in the sun with me.



I’ll start out by introducing myself to any newcomers to the Geneseo Volleyball Blog. I’m Mary Bartkus, a junior setter from Kinderhook, NY. I can’t believe how fast the time has gone by. It feels like I was just writing my blog going into freshman year. With that being said, to my incoming freshmen…welcome! It’s going to be the most fun, thrilling, challenging, heart-warming, and the ~weirdest~ years of your life so far… so buckle up ladies! Enjoy this summer and I am very excited to smush all of your faces whether you like it or not.

So let’s get back to ME (lol). I’ll be talking a little bit about what I’ve already done in the time I’ve been home, as well as telling y’all about the rest of my summer plans.

Coming home was pretty weird because I had to go on my biggest job hunt yet. Since high school I worked at the same small cafe in town. Unfortunately, it went out of business while I was at school (small town vibes~). It was probably two weeks into being home until I finally landed a new job. Luckily enough, my previous employer hooked me up with a waitressing job with her friend, who manages the restaurant at the Columbia Golf and Country Club. It’s a fancy, private golf club in my area that I honestly didn’t even know existed until I got the job. I’ve been working at the country club for the last few weeks now and I really like it. It’s a lunch and dinner job so I still have a good chunk of my day to enjoy summer and hit the gym.


National Best Friend day accidentally landed on this day? Is that a sign?



My flexible schedule has also allowed me to take my first mini vacation! Last minute I decided to make a trip down to Long Island to visit my sister, some teammates and school friends, but most importantly to surprise the team’s good friend Liv for her birthday! The surprise was a success, and if I could/ knew how to insert a video into a blog I would put it in here. I arrived on a Friday and spent the day with some friends on the beach. We watched the NBA finals at (teammate) Kiersten Colvin’s house and adopted some new phrases for the upcoming fall season. Thanks, Kawhi Leonard and GO RAPTORS. 

Another pic from Belmont. Lighting was 10/10 in General Admission.

Saturday was the surprise, as well as the “famous” Belmont Stakes. I say “famous” in quotes because I am apparently the only person who was unaware that it actually was a big deal. (Thanks for explaining that to me if you’re reading this and sorry for not being cultured in horse races.) Anyway, Sunday I spent some time with my sister which was really nice. I saw her new apartment, got some pizza and dessert, and watched the NYC AVP beach tournament on TV.

Some of my plans for the rest of the summer include playing some good ole volleyball, including the Lake George Million Dollar Beach tournament with my lovely teammate, Bridget Lougen. My high school coach is also holding a summer league for his team on Sundays, which I am very excited to help him out with. Trying to get my hands on a volleyball any time I can and planning some more weekend tournaments is still underway.

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Just some friends, hangin’ out
Night swimming becomes a thing when everyone works during the day


Visiting my friend, Chloe, this past weekend

















Other than that, I pretty much spend any night I can after work to see some friends from home. It usually consists of going to get fro-yo and watching movies until we all fall asleep. My friends and I are planning a short weekend getaway to Montreal in July, which is going to be pretty awesome since I’ve never been out of the country. Also, this weekend (the weekend before this is posted) I am going to visit one of my best friends that lives in NYC for a few days. She packs up and leaves for Uganda in a week, where she will be student teaching English for a month (proud friend moment). So, I’m excited to spend time with her as well.

Alright everyone, I hope everyone else is having a great summer so far. I’m excited that I was able to kick off the blog series this summer and to see what everyone else will post.


To my teammates,

I’m so thrilled to be with all of you again in less than two months! It’s go time.


To anyone else reading,

Thank you for keeping up with the blog and for the support 🙂


Signing off,

Mary Bartkus