Valentin Diary (7-20-04)
July 27, 2004
Indiana guard Cyndi Valentin is back on the road again with the Puerto Rican National team. Since leaving Bloomington on July 17, Valentin has spent time in Miami and Orlando, Fla., and is currently in Guatemala getting ready for the second round of the CBC Championships.
While traveling with the Puerto Rican National team, the 2004 Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection is keeping a diary for iuhoosiers.com. Following is sixth entry of the trip:
After spending time in Miami, we stayed in Orlando for three days and scrimmaged the same team at the Lake Brantley practice facility. We won all three games. It felt really good to get up and down the court. We played really well together. After being there, we drove back to Miami where we scrimmaged a Miami high school before heading to Guatemala.
We arrived in Guatemala around 9:00 on Saturday night. We didn't do anything that night because we were all so tired. On Sunday, we had a scrimmage against one of our opponents, Guatemala. We looked very good as a team and ended up beating them by 20 points. They were pretty quick though.
Yesterday (Monday), we had practice at 4:00 p.m. It was pretty much a shoot around. We prepared for our upcoming games this week.
Our first game is tonight against Costa Rica. Originally there was supposed to be six teams in this tournament, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala, Jamaica and Dominican Republic, but Jamaica and the Dominican Republic dropped out, so its just four teams now. We will play each team once and then have a round robin tournament depending on our records. The first place team will play the fourth-place team and the second and third place teams will go against each other.
We know that Cuba is the team to beat. They are really good. Hopefully we can beat them.
We haven't done too much sightseeing or anything. Our hotel is probably the nicest one in the city. It has a mall and a movie theater so in our free time we usually just hang out around there. From our hotel window, you can see a volcano. It's pretty neat. Guatemala is pretty similar to Cuba, the houses all look the same and it is kind of dirty.
I feel like I am definitely in a lot better shape than when I first started playing for the team, which is good. We are all ready for our games this week; hopefully we can win them all.
Check back soon