June 18, 2006
Rome, Italy - Kristin Richards tallied 17 kills along with four digs to lead the Stanford women's volleyball team to a 25-20, 25-22, 25-23 victory over AS Fidia Roma in the second of seven exhibition matches on Stanford's tour of four European countries.
Foluke Akinradewo continued her strong play with seven kills in ten attempts along with four blocks, four digs and three service aces. One night earlier, Akinradewo led Stanford to a 25-14, 25-15, 20-25, 25-21 victory over Lido di Ostia. Akinradewo, who will be a sophomore in the Fall of 2006, tallied eleven kills and 12 attempts with six service aces, four blocks and two digs. Richards added ten kills and six digs.
Today's Daily Diary is from sophomore Foluke Akinradewo, who was the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. During Stanford's trip to Italy, the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Austria, each member of the team has been asked to relay their experiences while on the two-week trip. Because of extremely limited internet access, we will try to relay stories while in Europe as frequently as possible.
"The team woke up around 6:15 this morning with a bus trip planned to the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican. However, the bus never showed up but we were able to get a taxi for the long ride from the hotel to the Vatican. However, the line to see the Sistine Chapel was miles long (about a four hour wait). We all decided that this was not going to happen so we walked over to St. Peter's Square. We were able to walk into St. Peter's Basilica and it was awesome. It was actually amazing to be there after reading about it so much in high school. After our tour of the Vatican, team members made the long walk over the Spanish Steps, but before that we decided to all go shopping. We bought a few things, including jewelry, and of course talking down the prices. Franci (Girard) was in her element (in talking down the prices). After the trip to the Spanish Steps, we had a chance to eat lunch. After sightseeing, what was really interesting was to see people dressed up as the Statue of Liberty. Franci and I wondered why they would dress up as the Statue of Liberty. We happened to meet a person who was doing a documentary on this. He said the people who dress up as the Statue of Liberty like the image. He also said they get paid a lot of money and have been doing this for years in places like Italy and France. After sightseeing and shopping, we played a volleyball match against a local club team (AS Fidia Roma). The teams that we are playing on this trip don't know much about us, but they are really nice in welcoming us. Although we are playing competitively, there is no mean spirit about the matches. This is my first time in Europe, and Italy has been so beautiful. Looking outside of our hotel window, you see the beautiful ocean across the street. There is so much history here. I love it. It is such a beautiful place. I would like to say hello to my parents and my brothers."
The weather in Rome continues to be outstanding ... Warm, sunny skies has dominated the days during Stanford's three days in one of the great cities in the world ... Everyone on the team agrees this has truly been a truly great educational experience to be in Rome with the opportunity to visit one of the most historic cities in the world ... Stanford will leave Rome on Sunday for Nocera Umbra, Italy where they will play the Italian Junior National team ... Then on Monday, the Cardinal will travel to Ravenna to face another club team, Teodora Ravenna.