TRAVERSE CITY — Alisha Glass is home.
After being overseas since November playing volleyball for Poland's Atom Trefl Sopot, Glass arrived home in Leland on Monday.
"I'm going straight to see all of my family as quick as possible," Glass said. "Thank goodness for technology so I can stay in touch, but it is tough. With the time change and just the playing in general, it's very difficult."
Glass comes home a champion, after leading her team to the title in Poland's Plus Liga with a 3-1 series victory over Bank BPS Muszynianka Fakro Muszyna.
"We weren't favored to win and nobody expected us to get as many games as we did," Glass said. "We made it interesting. There were some scary moments, but we found out we're a fighting team. When the game is on the line, we can be the ones to close it out. (Bank BPS) has a tradition of success and they were No. 1 in the league all year long. Every time we played them in the season, we lost 3-0 or 4-1. So I don't think people thought we had a chance. We were the underdogs, but it's almost like we prefer it that way."
Glass, the team's setter, said some tough matches earlier on helped in the long run.
"We were better mentally," Glass said. "We had been in some really tough matches previously to that and I think we had that knowledge of fighting through bad situations. I don't think they had ever had to battle through tough times."
In the clinching match last week, Glass set up the team to a .44 kill percentage and also scored three points.
After catching up with her family, Glass will soon be back on the road — although at least this time she'll stay in the country. Glass will soon head to California to begin training for what she hopes is a spot on the Olympic roster.
"Our coach has to give us a good heads-up so it's not days before, but there is no set date he has to tell us," Glass said of when she'll know if she makes the roster. "I'm hoping (to know) a month ahead of time."
Just the chance to compete for a roster spot isn't lost on Glass, a former All-American at Penn State.
"It's really, really cool," she said. "I'm really excited about it. These are the goals and dreams you have when you're younger. For me to be on my path to doing that is incredible."
As for her chances to make the squad heading to London in July — she's hopeful.
"I think you have to be optimistic and you have to be your No. 1 fan," Glass said. "You have to believe that you can do it and compete hard. Every day is a battle. Every practice, every interaction is going to be counted and judged. You just have to battle strong every day."
TRAVERSE CITY — Alisha Glass is home.
Frontier League standings: 06/18/2013
Frontier League baseball standings and schedule:Continued ...
Today in Sports: 06/18/2013
What's happening in sports across the region and the country:Continued ...
Gottwald wins Roubaix
Forty is the new 30. Or 20. And also the decade of choice for Cherry-Roubaix road race champions this year.Continued ...
Cherry-Roubaix category winners
Winners from this weekend's Cherry-Roubaix:Continued ...
Bums' Birch slams Slammers
Chase Burch sent a message to the rest of the Frontier League. That message: Don't throw at Chase Burch. Joliet already got it.Continued ...
Wolves fall to Detroit
The Traverse City Wolves fell to 2-1 with a 33-13 home setback against the Detroit Ravens.Continued ...
Lalonde, Rokos winners at Cherry Raceway
A full show was what awaited fans as they packed the facilities of the fast 3/8ths (0.375) of a mile high banked dirt oval Friday at Cherry Raceway in Fife Lake.Continued ...
- Sunday, June 16, 2013
Depasse, Leib take top spots at Cherry-Roubaix
A pair of first-timer finishers earned first place in the men's and women's Cherry-Roubaix criterium pro races Saturday.Continued ...
TC West surges into 5th at golf finals
The rebound Traverse City West hoped for happened. In a big way.Continued ...
State golf finals results
How area teams finished in the state golf championships this weekend:Continued ...
Beach Bums slam Slammers, 6-2
Johnny Omahen earned his first victory of the year as the Traverse City Beach Bums won their fourth straight game with a 6-2 come-from-behind victory over the Joliet Slammers.Continued ...
Sports in Brief: 06/16/2013
Public input for Buffalo Ridge Trail; PaddleboardClassic is July 20; Rays pitcher Cobb leaves on stretcher. (Plus more)Continued ...
- Saturday, June 15, 2013
Glen Lake plays with fire; Beal City takes win
For four innings, Glen Lake played with fire. Then, the roof caved in, and it spelled the end of the Lakers’ best baseball season in more than a decade.Continued ...
Rain adds twist to state golf finals
A large rainstorm Wednesday made play at the Division 1 and 4 state golf finals a little extra interesting.Continued ...
Bums slam Joliet, 12-2
The Traverse City starting pitcher hit two career milestones Friday, notching his 200th strikeout and 20th victory in a Beach Bums uniform in a 12-2 win over Joliet to start a short weekend home stand.Continued ...
State golf finals standings: 1st Round
Area team places after the first round of the state finals:Continued ...
Sports in Brief: 06/15/2013
MSU golf coach to hold clinic; Dell’Acqua elected pres. of TB Blues; 131s win two at USSSA tournament. (Plus more)Continued ...
Frontier League Standings: 06/15/2013
Standings, scores and schedule for Frontier League baseball:Continued ...
- Friday, June 14, 2013
FINAL: Beal City 15, Glen Lake 0
Beal City cruised to a 15-0 win over Glen Lake in a Division 4 baseball state semifinal in Battle Creek Friday.Continued ...
UPDATE: Beal City 1, Glen Lake 0
In the fourth inning, Glen Lake trails Beal City 1-0 in a Division 4 baseball state semifinal at C.O. Brown Stadium in Battle Creek Friday.Continued ...
Race director Bob McLain said around 600 cyclists participated last year, and they already have that many signed up for this weekend’s event.Continued ...
Glen Lake set for Beal City in semis
Glen Lake baseball coach Kris Herman said you need three things to win a state title: Pitching, good defense and the ability to scrape out runs. A fourth factor doesn’t hurt: Luck.Continued ...
Beach Bums thump Florence on road
The Traverse City Beach Bums unleashed a 15-hit attack Thursday night in thumping the Florence Freedom 8-5 in a Frontier League contest.Continued ...
Bob Gwizdz: Bass galore on St. Clair
Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you know by now that Bassmasters magazine – the bible to America’s largest freshwater fishing fraternity – has named Lake St. Clair as the best bass fishing lake in America.Continued ...
Bandrowski succeeds Murphy at TCSF
Annie Murphy, who led the St. Francis boys tennis team to three consecutive top-six finishes in Division IV, has stepped down.Continued ...
- Frontier League standings: 06/18/2013