matches of volleyball, tennis, or softball, K's non-pros compete
or just play for the fun of it. Even the teams' names express this
attitude, the volleyball schedule lists the "Soviet National
Team", "Who Cares", or the "Legal Aliens".
The latter is a colorful bunch of people from all over the world,
its members converse in no less than seven different languages.
The "Aliens" are the most diverse, most unprofessional
and funniest volleyball team at K College. Originally formed by
a group of roughly ten international exchange students, it also
includes three Americans now. Asking "coach" and "sensei"
Yukiko Yoshida, if this assortment causes any troubles or misunderstandings
on the field, she denies problems, "As long as we are playing
sports, it's not difficult." Her Japanese fellow Mayumi Anzai
adds, " In Mexico we also played beach volleyball with natives
who didn't speak English at all and it was fun."
Both girls explain that they like sports and see it as a "good
way to get together" for students from different nations. Though
they are playing for fun, they also admit that they "feel bad
every time we're loosing". Yoshida: "It's impossible just
to have fun. When we are playing we're kind of serious too; we don't
laugh much in a game."
However, the team keeps on loosing so far, which might have reasons
in their amateur status. Only two members have seriously played
volleyball before, while American students "individually seem
to be very good," so Yukiko Yoshida. Nevertheless, in a team
many are not very organized. "We had to practice this in the
beginning too. Explain the rules and everyone's position and job."
Today, in the middle of the quarter the practice consists more of
actual playing. It has also decreased from its initial 3-4 times
a week to one meeting. "It's hard too make a team," complains
coach Yoshida, "if I don't do it, nobody takes responsibilities
or would volunteer. Some feel very free to come to the games."
The games are fun even for the passive spectators. Sometimes the
team still struggles with uncoordinated movements and actions, but
one can notice the fun they have though. To see the "Legal
Aliens" in action, you are welcome to see their next games
(see schedule below) and cheer for what might become your favorite
team on campus. Don't miss the pleasure to see eight nationalities
fighting together for victory on the volleyball field. "When
they get excited, they all use their own languages," promises
Ruff Riders Pt. II
Geiger's Little tiger
Soviet National Team