UMFK volleyball players say Virginia Beach reminds them of home

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va (WAGM) - The University of Maine Fort Kent volleyball and soccer teams are preparing for the USCAA National Playoffs. A little relaxation for the games for the volleyball team. Rene Cloukey is traveling with the teams and has this story.

It's not all work for the UMFK teams. The volleyball team is made up of players from Hawaii and California and they were enjoying some time on the beach.

(Selina Castro Fairfield california):"The water is a little bit different back home it is a little bit colder. It is a nice change to be in a little bit warmer water."

It feels great it makes me miss home to be honest

It's a long drive from the University of Maine Fort Kent to Virginia Beach, Virginia, but for the players and coach getting here early practicing and relaxing make it a huge benefit.

(Jessany Munoz ) "We drove 16 or 17 hours getting here early relaxing sitting on the beach having everybody hang out with each other and just chill. It is a nice calm before the storm."

The players all agree this has been a great bonding exercise spending time on the ocean as they prepare for the matches.

(Fabiola Gutierrez Lindsay California):"We are a tight team in terms of bonding and we needed a getaway. This is perfect and we are taking advantage of this moment we have with each other."

(Skye Parker Kailua Hawaii):"It feels amazing this team is great I love this team and honestly it is a great bonding experience."

(Sweet Vaimoui Laie Hawaii) It feels really good to relax before we play I think it will benefit us a lot.

While they have been able to relax They also have to stay focused on the games beginning Thursday morning. They have to concentrate on any school work that need to be done.

Castro:" we are getting stuff for school, but it is a nice little break before we play.

Beginning Thursday morning all the teams will be putting their game face on as they prepare for the Nationals. Reporting from Virginia Beach, Virginia I am Rene Cloukey NewsSource sports.