OKLAHOMA CITY — As a rule, writers are better with words than numbers. Makes sense, since I miscounted how many days I might be in Oklahoma City for the NCAA volleyball Final Four.
I packed three outfits for a possible four days.
Doesn’t matter because I’m going home after two. Texas has been eliminated, falling victim to unseeded BYU. Call it an upset if you will, but the Cinderella Cougars are for real. This was a surprise but not a shocker. BYU will give Penn State a great match in Saturday’s final.
Unwinding at the hotel bar — and waiting for service! — I spot quite a few groups of volleyball people. Fans. Coaches. Former players. This is a tight-knit fraternity. They take pride in their sport.
This is my first time covering a Final Four. I hope it’s not my last. This sport is fun when it’s played at a high level. For my money, it’s the most exciting women’s sport out there. Its rapid pace makes it easy to watch.
In fact, maybe I’ll turn my socks inside out, re-wear an outfit, and stick around for Saturday’s title match.
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