European Tour Day 13 - Sunday, May 25
The Tar Heels flew into Washington D.C. Sunday evening after an incredible 13-day tour of Turkey and Italy. UNC finished out the two weeks with a successful 3-2 mark in addition to visiting seven cities throughout Italy and Turkey. A full recap of all 13 days can be found in the blog archive here, and photo galleries will be added on GoHeels.com early this week.
WASHINGTON D.C. - We are officially back in the U.S. and tired from all of our wonderful adventures and the 10-hour plane ride! Overall, the trip to Italy and Turkey was a huge success! It was an amazing experience and something none of us will ever forget. The purpose of this trip was not just to prepare the team for the upcoming season, but also to give the players and staff the opportunity to experience new culture and to bond on a whole new level. It's safe to say that all of these goals were accomplished over the course of these past two weeks.
Through the duration of the trip, we were able to visit some amazing cities, try new foods, play international volleyball, and manage to grow the already tight knit Carolina volleyball family even closer. Just a few of the top highlights from the trip were the Duomo di Milano and shopping in Milan, the wonderful day spent in Verona, climbing 504 steps in Bologna, the gondola ride through the canals of Venice, the boat ride around the Bosphorus Straight in Istanbul, getting to go to the home of Ece Taner, and we can't forget the most important part of the trip, playing volleyball against some new competition! It was nice to know that after a busy two weeks with so much travel, we've grown even closer as a team now.
This trip has been an experience of a lifetime, and we are so fortunate to have had this opportunity. We are so appreciative of the staff, athletic department, and donors for making this trip possible. We have looked forward to this trip for so long, and with all expectations surpassed, it's sad that it's all over! This trip is something that we all heard about during our recruiting visits and something that you look forward to right from the start of coming into the volleyball program. This whole year, especially this spring, we were all constantly talking about this trip and building up the anticipation. In the end, this trip surpassed my expectations. This trip has been so wonderful, and I know for me, it has just been the icing on the cake from my amazing four years of being a part of the Carolina volleyball family!