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Carly Vendemia
 
Carly Vendemia
 

Oct. 12, 2009

The Perfect Fit
Throughout the recruiting process, high school basketball players are contacted by a ton of schools, and it makes the college decision a difficult one to make. But when it came down to making that decision, for me, it was all about the Dukes! I love Pittsburgh, so to have the chance to play close to home was an offer I couldn't refuse! Duquesne has a great women's basketball team, and I am excited about the tradition being built here. And I am just as pleased with the academic tradition the university has as well. Another great aspect about Duquesne is its campus! Often, people don't know that on top of this big ol' hill in Pittsburgh lies a truly beautiful campus!

Staying in Pittsburgh was just one reason why I chose Duquesne. My decision to attend also had much to do with the fact that Jaclyn Babe (my AAU teammate during the summer of my junior year, and current Duke Sophomore) was going to be an incoming freshman, so I would have the chance to play with her for three more years! Now Jackie has one solid year under her belt, and it's comforting to know that one of my good friends has already gone through what I am about to go through.

The icing on top of the cake for me though was the chance to be coached by Duquesne's great women's basketball staff. When word got out that Duquesne was recruiting me, all people would talk about was Coach Serio! They all had so many positive things to say about her and her staff, it just made me look into it a little bit more. The fact that Coach Serio has done literally everything possible as a player and coach is amazing! I am truly inspired by all that Coach Serio has done, and I look forward to becoming a better player because of her!

The Real World: Duquesne University
I will be the first to admit, the adjustment from high school to college was a major step for me! To be honest, at my high school, nobody was really concerned with the `female' athletes. We weren't given the chance to get into a weight room, we didn't get the extra treatment in the training room we needed if someone was injured, and we often got booted from the main gym to the smaller gym if any of the boy's teams needed it. As a result, I came into college not as prepared as I should have been, which made the transition for me a bit more challenging. Anything I thought was tough in high school at basketball practice is basically a warm up here. It is much more intense, and the expectations are much higher. But, these are all good things, because in order to have a successful team, the team must be disciplined enough.


 

 

On the other hand, the transition into the classroom wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be. Duquesne without a doubt is very strong academically, but the wonderful academic support staff here makes it almost impossible for you to struggle. What helped me the most coming into my freshman year was taking classes over the summer. And even though I was not very interested in spending my last free summer in class, it really did help me in the long run. I became familiar with the campus before everyone else had got back to school. And more importantly, I was able to get a feel for what class was going to be like, as well as begin a summer workout program with the team. In the end, I became more comfortable with campus, and got closer with my teammates, who can turn down a deal like that!

The Beat Goes On
I am so pumped for the start of both the non-conference and conference seasons! Our team has been conditioning hard and I feel like every day we move closer and closer to tip off time! Because I am an incoming freshman though, I am not exactly sure what to expect from the competition. But, I do know just from practicing with our team, that it will be a lot tougher than what I am used to. And while I feel as though basketball at the college level will be the ultimate test, I know our coaches will do their best getting us prepared to battle it out against whatever team we face. I am very excited to start traveling because I absolutely love going to new places, and I look forward to spending time on the road with the girls, and all the fun we are sure to have. Everyone gets along so well and there's never, ever, a dull moment! We know how to have fun in any situation, and I am ready to hold onto the times we share for many years to come!

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