After upsetting Stanford in Elite Eight USC is now in Kansas City getting ready for the Women's Volleyball Final Four.
There might be snow on the ground outside the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., but warm sand is never far from the thoughts of Kendall Bateman.
But first things first for Bateman and USC: the hardcourt in the NCAA Final Four that opens this evening, with the Trojans taking on Pac-10 rival California in the semifinals.
Bateman, a 5-foot-11 setter, is a junior for the Trojans, who might be overachieving with a young squad that relies heavily on three freshmen and a sophomore.
They might be getting their baptism by fire, but that's been ingrained in Bateman since her days of growing up in Manhattan Beach and then playing for Mira Costa High.
Ah...the days of playing beach volleyball when I was kid growing up!
I am hoping the Matches will be on TV or replayed for viewing.
Good Luck Ladies!!