The Duquesne Dukes Blogging Series
June 10, 2009
The Duquesne Dukes "Blogging Series" continues with the latest entry "Summertime in the City" with Rachel Frederick. The Pittsburgh native, who became the 20th member of the Duquesne women's basketball 1,000 point club this past season, discusses classes, the summertime, and what's to come before the 2009-10 begins.
"Here Comes the Warm Weather!"
"Exceptional Support for our Student-Athletes"
I am not the only one on the basketball team taking classes this summer. Our whole team has made the commitment to take classes and workout together as a team; we realize there is really no off-season if we want to be Atlantic 10 Champs. Also, the coaching staff encourages us to stay and take classes over the summer so we can get ahead in our studies. It is important to do so because of the grueling schedule of practice, games, and traveling throughout the season. It can really play a toll on a student-athlete if they are not supported by people that are not only dedicated to our academic success, but also success on the court. If it were not for the many people and support that is offered to us as student-athletes I am not quite sure how I would manage.
"Pittsburgh: Experience a Unique City"
Attending school in Pittsburgh is pretty cool, I might say that because I was born and raised here but there is really a lot to do in and around the city. There are always neat events, professional sports, concerts, and activities to partake in around the area. I went to a few concerts already this year including Britney Spears and Kenny Chesney. Duquesne is in the heart of the city, so it's very close to areas like the South Side which is my favorite place in the city. I have a part time job working on the South Side at an ice cream-chocolate store. It's a fun job and nice to make a little extra spending money!
"What's to Come..."
We lost Kristi Little to graduation this year. She was a big piece of the puzzle regarding our team's success, but its going to give a lot of people opportunities to show what they can do. Samantha Pollino and Kelly Britcher, our juniors, have been working really hard in the off-season. Alex Gensler and Jaclyn Babe are no longer freshmen, and redshirt sophomore Vanessa Abel will be a wonderful addition to the team. Needless to say, I am happy to have another year to play with all the girls. I am also really excited for our freshman to come on to campus and start playing basketball with them. I think they will all bring a certain aspect to our team that we can really utilize. I can't wait for the season; I already can see a lot of improvement with our team, and its only June!