When I first heard that our men’s and women’s tennis teams were going to Hawaii, I couldn’t believe it. It finally became a reality when we departed the parking lot of East Gym at 3:45 a.m. on Saturday morning for our first flight to from Charlotte to Phoenix. The flight took about four hours and I couldn’t sit still in the last row of the plane, so I anxiously roamed up and down the aisle for about an hour, chatting up my teammates. We landed in Phoenix to a great welcome from American Airlines, who announced “We would like to wish the Elon University Men’s and Women’s Tennis teams the best of luck against the University of Hawaii” to cheers from other passengers. After a bite to eat during our quick layover in Phoenix, it was time to board for our final destination: Honolulu, Hawaii.
After a grueling seven hour flight, we finally make it to Hawaii, picked up our bags, and were off to paradise. We dropped our bags off in the hotel, changed into our bathing suits and could not wait to hit the beach. We got to spend about two hours swimming in the warm waters and relaxing in the sand which was much needed after such a long time traveling. We found out we weren’t the only athletic team here for spring break either: we saw a beach volleyball match between #1 USC vs. #5 Hawaii and many other volleyball teams roaming the city like us. Just being able to get a feel of the island and spend some time on the beach was a blast.