Crazy 8

Hello fellow Geneseo Volleyball fans, my name is Gabby Ayzenberg a junior, libero/DS and I am back with another blog. I hope in these crazy times everyone is staying safe and healthy. So for this week I want to write a thank you letter to the 7 amazing people I started off with in this program and started this whole crazy thing called college with. Mary, Erina, Kiersten, Alex, Bridget, Allison, and Moose this one’s for you guys.

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Mary, thank you for bringing your love and support to me throughout the past 3 years. We once were strangers who decided to live together freshman year and it turned into one of the best friendships in my life. Thank you for showing me it is okay to feel emotions and be who I am on and off the court, even if others do not appreciate it. Thank you for ALWAYS being just a little bit weirder than me and constantly telling us the weird things that happen in your life (sometimes they really aren’t that weird). 

Erina, thank you for always laughing at anything I do even though half the time I don’t even think it’s funny. Thank you for being the reasonable one in the friendship and reminding me things aren’t as big of a deal sometimes. Your laugh literally can make anyone else in the room laugh even when they don’t know what it’s about. If you guys ever need to know the name of a song or movie or tv show hit her up. Thank you for always being down for a nice episode of New Girl at any random time of the day. 

Kiersten, thank you for being the most responsible person in the friend group and reminding us all to sit down and study. Thank you for your competitive energy on the court and willingness to show others how hard you work each and everyday. That competitive energy also comes into march madness and everyone needs to be quietwhile Duke is playing. Thank you for always helping me with any school problems I had and taking the time to help when I had no idea what was going on. 

Alex, thank you for always being just as competitive as me and pushing me every day in practice to be better. Your fire and love for the game motivate so many others around you. Thank you for being wild and being the randomly artistic one and always writing things or drawing things for me when I can’t make it look nice. Thank you for understanding me and respecting me as a player and growing our friendship. 

Bridget, thank you for being someone I can always go to with any issue and get some sense talked into me. Thank you for always laughing and having a good time together even when we may not be doing anything. Thanks for the constant breakfast runs sophomore year and being my bus buddy for the first two years. Thank you for being an absolute baller on the court and owning it cause you should. Thank you for teaching me that some alone time is really healthy and good for you.  

Allison, thank you for being absolutely wild and not changing for anyone.You know exactly what you want and go right after it. Thank you for showing all of us that we shouldn’t care what others think of us and we should always do our own thing. Thank you for the random small talk conversations that turn into hour conversations in the hallways.

Moose, thank you for your constant support and honesty with all of us. You know that if someone needs to be told something it’s for the better. Thank you for your beautiful closet and directions on how to pose properly or smile properly. Thank you for always being down to go grab some pizza at any point of the day.

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Summer of 19’

Helloo fellow bloggers and happy summer. Guess I’ll start off with the usual my name is Gabby, I am going to be a junior and I am a Libero/DS for the Geneseo volleyball team. I am super excited for the upcoming season and what this team has to offer. But before we get to another season I have had a pretty solid summer to tell you guys about. 

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Summer 2019 has been a very chill summer after it started off with a long trip to Israel. I went to Israel for 10 days with the organization birthright. I went by myself with 41 other strangers and was definitely nervous going into it. We did so many amazing things in those 10 days. Some of my favorites being hiking Masada at 4am. As well as taking a tour through the old city of Jerusalem because I just felt like I went through a time traveling machine with all the history there is to see. Another one of my favorite parts was hiking through this beautiful national park and we took a really hard long way up the mountain (it was a great workout coach). But most of all, the trip was full of making new friends and memories. I met some amazing people and learned so many new things about an amazing country. 

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Once I got home from my trip I was extremely jet lagged and slept a lot. I had to get over that quickly because Erina and Mary came down for the weekend to go to the Belmont stakes for our friend Livs birthday. The weekend was fun and it was good to get a little bit of Geneseo on Long Island. I had a few weeks before work started to do some fun things and just hang out at the beach. I took some trips to the other side of Long Island to visit my boyfriend (Tim) in the Hamptons. We do a lot of adventuring out there finding different beaches and cute little places to eat. If anyone asks I beat him really badly in mini golf so yes I am the athletic one. We also are going to a Mets game soon which will be a good time and hopefully they win. We also seem to spend our time together jumping into the ocean because it has been so insanely hot every weekend. Another big thing we have been experimenting with is cooking ourselves dinner cause gotta prepare for real life in Geneseo. So far so good no casualties of food and we have not broken anything yet. This summer I also have been going to a few concerts one being JLo with my mom which was so much fun. Basically from that concert learned that JLo is amazing and I want to be her when I’m older. This upcoming Friday I am going to another concert with my best friend Gab in Jones Beach which is also going to be amazing. We are going to see one of our favorite bands The Dirty Heads (check them out such chill vibes~). 

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The end of my summer has been filled with working at a sports day camp which is actually pretty fun some days. The other day we did a color run and we have this huge new slip and slide that I of course go on all the time. That is pretty much my whole summer and ya know obviously working out hitting the weights. When I’m not busy I have had the chance to play some beach volleyball too which is always a good time. See everyone so soon!

My Legacy

At some point in every athletes career they have heard the word legacy. A coach could have discussed the legacy of a past team or a specific athlete or the legacy of a coach. Athletes hear at practices or games live up to your legacy or work hard for the legacy that has been put in your hands to keep up. I have been personally thinking about the type of legacy I want to leave here on the Geneseo women’s volleyball team and many things come to my head.

The first part of my legacy is that I want to be the first Geneseo Women’s Volleyball team to win a SUNYAC Championship and get our names on the banner in Schrader gym. This legacy can not be done just by myself, but there is not a doubt in my mind that every single one of my teammates wants this just as much as I do.

The second part of my legacy is that I want to be remembered as always being the person to come into the gym with excitement to play. Pride and opportunity are words that I think of when thinking of why I play for the Geneseo Women’s Volleyball team. Pride because every time I walk in the gym I get a feeling that I completely belong there. I want the future players for this program to feel the same way I do. When I walk places wearing Geneseo volleyball apparel and people stop and ask me about it, my whole day gets better.

Screen Shot 2019-04-17 at 9.22.00 PMOpportunity because there are not many athletes who get to say they love what they do everyday. Opportunity to travel and experience life with the most amazing teammates. Opportunity that many people never get a chance to do as much as they wish they could. Opportunity to work hard for all the people that got me to this point in my athletic career.

Screen Shot 2019-04-17 at 9.22.32 PMLegacy is a weird word in my opinion and can be interpreted differently. Maybe your success in breaking records creates your legacy, or an amazing play that everyone talks about creates your legacy. But for me I want my legacy to be more than that…I want to be remembered by upholding everything it means to be a part of the Geneseo Women’s Volleyball team. I want to be known as the most relentless player to ever play in Schrader gym.

A Long Beach Summer!

Hiii all my name is Gabby Ayzenberg and I am a rising sophomore DS/L (for the freshman, time flies by enjoy freshman year)!! This summer has flew by but I have had a great one so far and have just a few more weeks left before the grind starts.1A02FC32-5B7A-4599-B827-78000DB7D983.jpegI am lucky enough to live down the block from the beach and use every free opportunity to enjoy it. Before work started any nice day there was my friends and I would spend at the beach. As well as relaxing on the beach most saturdays I was either playing pick up beach volleyball or playing in tournaments! I was also super happy this summer that most of the team got to see where I live and enjoy the day on the beach. That weekend that everyone visited was such a fun one considering in school we can’t go an hour without seeing each other! I also went to a concert in the beginning of the summer called Governors Ball Music Festival! It was a ton of fun I actually went with Grace and Shea from the team and we met up with Kiersten while there! Definitely a highlight of the summer for me!

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Other than going to the beach when I can, I spend my days working at a sports camp at Farmingdale State College. The first four weeks I work the multisport camp which is pretty fun cause every 30 minutes we switch up what sports the kids play and I get to jump in a lot of them. The other 2 weeks I run the volleyball camp which is a lot of fun considering most of the kids are young. The girls love to have fun and I love teaching young people about the game that I am so passionate about!

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The other part of my summer has been working out and enjoying my family and friends. Since I get home pretty late from work I have been going to the gym at about 5:30 in the morning before work (I am a morning person). When I can I have been using the beach to work out too and get some nice runs by the shore. My family and I had a big barbeque for my mom and brothers birthday July 4th weekend which was a ton of fun. My friends and I have been taking some adventures one being to Smorgasberg in Brooklyn which is a huge food festival. We all ate so much and spent way too much money on food but it was worth it!

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What is my WHY? A Blog by FY Gabby Ayzenberg

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Every athlete will have those days when they ask themselves why? Why are you waking up at 5am to go to practice right now? Why do you spend hours in the gym trying to make yourself stronger or faster? Why do you miss classes and have to stay up late making up homework or notes or tests and quizzes? But every athlete should always have an answer to that why!

I have multiple whys and whenever I’m struggling at practice or having a bad game or even a bad day in general I remind myself of them and constantly think of them to motivate me and get me through that tough time.

My first why is that I want to be the best player in the gym and make history. I want to be noticed and push my teammates to better themselves and help our chances of making history and winning a SUNYAC title for the Geneseo volleyball program. There’s no better feeling than doing something that’s never been done before for your program. Our team is on that path and we made huge steps this year in the right direction. That alone should motivate us to get in the gym every chance and work towards that goal and that should be a part of each and everyone of our whys.

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My second why is that I want to prove people wrong who ever doubted me. For those of you reading who don’t know volleyball is a “tall person sport.” I am 5’5 and people have laughed in my face when I tell them I play outside. It has made me even more driven to push myself to get better each time I step on the court. The worst feeling as an athlete is being told that you aren’t good enough due to something you can’t control. But you do control how you react to people doubting you. Being told all of this just makes me work harder in the gym to increase my vertical and use different skills when hitting against a big block. And if you are a smaller hitter you know there’s no better feeling than intentionally tooling the block.

My last and most important reason as to why I play is for all of those who have given up so much and pushed me to be where I am today. I have been grateful to have such amazing coaches and parents in my life who never doubted me and helped me become not only the player but the person I am today. Endless drives to late practices and training sessions that I will forever be grateful for. But most of all I am grateful for those who would grab a beach volleyball in the summer and ask my little 5 year old self if I wanted to bump the ball around. Neptune beach where I first picked up a volleyball will forever be in my heart and my head when stepping on the court each day. Someone always in my mind is my Uncle Mike who suddenly passed away a few years back. He was one of a kind and never said no to playing a crappy game of beach volleyball with me starting at the age of 12. I would barely be able to serve over the net and he would be so excited to step on the court with me and would always say “you’ll be better than me one day and when I ask you Gab to play a pickup game with me you better say yes!” Well Uncle Mike I only wish I could play one more stupid pick up beach volleyball game with you and hear you laugh when you ace my dad. He was someone who enjoyed everyday of his life and was always smiling and laughing. So when I’m super frustrated at myself or at a game I remember being on neptune beach as a little girl trying to learn how to serve over the net. I will forever be grateful for you Uncle Mike and you are forever in my heart each time I step out on the court.

So for all those athletes who are having a rough practice or game or even season, take a breath, remember why you do what you do, and remember to enjoy it!

Summer Blog Series: Gabby Ayzenberg

Hi everyone!! My name is Gabrielle Ayzenberg but I like to be called Gabby or Gab and I am an incoming freshman at Geneseo! I can not wait to start my new chapter in my life. I’m so excited to start volleyball season and meet all of my amazing teammates. But right now I’m still closing a big part in my life. Lately I have felt like all the normal things I do have been ending.

Summer just started for me and those last few days of high school will always be remembered. Coming up I have prom and graduation where high school will officially end. I am so excited for prom and to be with everyone from my school for one last time. I have had the same amazing group of friends since 9th grade and none of us can believe we will all be separating in 2 months. Some of them I have stayed friends with since kindergarten and none of us believe we have to be adults now.

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I live in a unique town and our summers are a little different than the rest of Long Island. I live in a small island off of Long Island named Long Beach. This town is full of beach bums. A normal Saturday morning in summer is full of everyone packing up beach chairs getting on their bikes and riding down to the beach and staying till the sun goes down. At some point during the day I always find time to take a walk with my mom down the beach. I also have tons of little family friends who I love to spend time playing with. Whether its burying me in the sand or some wanting to learn how to bump a volleyball I always say yes. I grew up with the most amazing family friends and have been playing beach volleyball with them since I was 5! My brother and I both learned how to play volleyball this way and we still to this day will play pickup games with them for fun. The best is when my dad and I play together because I do not think many people can say that sometimes their partner for beach volleyball is their dad.We all spend endless beach days together and have become one big family. My summers would not be the same without all of them on the beach and at family barbeques.

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The rest of my summer I spend working at a day sports camp out of Farmingdale college. For 3 weeks I work the multi sport camp and the other 2 weeks I work the volleyball camp which is a lot of fun for me. This is my second summer working this day camp and I really enjoy how we as coaches are able to play with the kids and have fun too. As a side job I also will be working as a coach at my old beach volleyball club. I played for them for 3 years and now I get to coach and give back what I learned and enjoyed so much.

The last part of my summer will be trying to see my club volleyball friends. I have had the most amazing team and have met some of my best friends thanks to Acad. We all live all over Long Island but try and see each other as much as possible. Whether its meeting up for dinner or big team sleepovers we always find a way to stay in touch now that the season is over.

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I have a very busy summer ahead but I will always find time to grab my speaker and lay out in my backyard or run down to the beach on sunny days. I also have to try and catch as many beach sunsets as I can with only a few months left here. I am super excited to meet everyone in Geneseo and start my next part of my life! Playing in a new jersey and new number means a new experience that I can’t wait to start! See everyone so soon!

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