The moment I knew this endeavor would be a trip of a lifetime was when I arrived in Los Angeles and met my first teammate at the airport. Both of us were so excited for what was ahead. When all 12 of our teamates got together before practice to hang out and chat, I quickly learned that the whole group was ready and eager to get things started. We immediately took to each other and bonded all throughout our first practice on Loyola Marymount’s campus and dinner that night before our redeye to Hong Kong. I couldn’t have imagined 11 better people or more talented athletes that I would’ve rather traveled the world and played volleyball with!