FAIRFIELD — It doesn’t figure to be the typical “How I spent my summer vacation” story for three members of the Club Solano 17-1 Velocity volleyball team.
Ysabel Rose, Cassidy Jannson and Megan Bohorquez have been selected to take part in the Northern California Volleyball Association’s High Performance Global Challenge to be held next month in Pula, Croatia.
The three were chosen after participating in three tryout sessions – two open, one individual – in San Mateo.
They’ll fly to Milan, Italy, Monday and then travel and practice with a European team before participating in the Challenge.
The opening ceremony is July 13 with competition beginning the next day and going until July 17.
“It’s exciting. It’s going to be a great experience,” said Rose, a senior-to-be at Rodriguez.
“It’s my first time (in the Global Challenge) so I’m really excited,” added Jannson, who will be a senior at Benicia this fall.
It will be the second such trip for Bohorquez, who will be a junior at Rodriguez. “Playing people from other countries, it was just different, They played at a different pace than us.”
It’s those differences that Rose and Jannson are looking forward to learn from.
“I hope to bring back different techniques from European teams,” said Rose, a libero, or defensive specialist, “like different styles that they play, different things they do in general.”
“It’s pretty much just traveling and playing volleyball,” said Jannson, an outside hitter. “It’s my sport. It’s like a double whammy getting to travel and play volleyball. It’s exciting.”
Herb Horder, coach of both the Velocity 17-1 and Rodriguez varsity, knows the trio will come back with a new appreciation for the sport.
“They’re going to play a different style of volleyball, which is going to help them when they go to college,” Horder said. “A lot of colleges are using (international) style of play, which is much quicker.
“They’re going there not just for volleyball. They’ll see what volleyball can provide for them. They’re all being looked at by colleges. They can see that volleyball can take them places.”
“I feel more accomplished because it’s international and not just the states,” said Bohorquez, an outside hitter. “It’s a new experience.”
But the trip isn’t just about volleyball, as the players will be traveling both before and after the Challenge.
“I just like to see cultures,” Jannson said, “see how the world is out there.”
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