Boy it’s been a rough last four matches. Always with such great expectations of myself and the team it hurts to keep lossing….even though we were not “full strength.” I felt that even with the line up with which we played we definitely had opportunities but each time falling short. I guess statistically I played one of my best matches as opposite, and everyone complemented me afterwards. I smiled and thanked them but I was really disappointed. This match was pretty difficult to play after having loss the first two sets. Not because we were down, if you know me, I fight until the last point, but at that point we knew that we had no chance of making it to the final four of the Italian Cup. However, as quickly as the weight of this realization pulled at me, I thought OK we need to win for our own morale, for the fans who packed the gym to capacity, and all who continued to support us. We won the third and fourth sets, really playing with even greater intensity and passion, something that has been missing as a team. The result, well we didn’t win the match, but for all of those who watched it was a positive step in the right direction. And after hearing that many time after the match, though I recognized it myself too, I was encouraged even in the defeat though not satisfied.

After our match on last Saturday, we were off I think for the first time this season on Sunday so I was able to go to church in Torino. The pastor greeted me at the door and soon service began. He called on me to read the scripture for the morning, Isaiah 40: 21-31, which as I read it, it was as if God was speaking directly to me. “…HE will not grow tired or weary, and HIS understanding no one can fathom. HE gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak….those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Is this not encouraging or what?

So we didn’t make it to the finals of the Italian Cup…we still have the Cup of Cev and the league on which to focus. With God’s help I will not grow tired or weary and we will achieve some of our goals for this season. AMEN.

Be encouraged, blessings to ya,



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  1. jesus miranda

    Keep going the ball, Danielle you needed be more agresive(remember when your were playing again Cuba at the ’96 olympics and you were one of the best attacker, beating magaly carvajal and luis, you’re perfect in the middle and godina, pachale needs more concentration, try to work like national team and more friendly each others. you and godina can beat other teams,please talk anyone you now any tv station, can televised the Grand prix2006 and the 2006 world champioship, CASTV will televised the Mens world league 2006, It’s excellent so be one of the first to talk your voice and will love forever, change the history DANIELLE FOREVER I’m praying for you and family. We love from JESUS MIRANDA NJ USA

  2. dear,Danielle
    Don’t be so sad on your loss and cannot enter the final 4..of itaian still have chance of the other matches!!! Right? suppoer you
    hope you can get the champion of cup of Cev and the league..!! ^^
    Told you ..i am keeping is good that i have lost 4 pounds ^^ is a good news to me..i am very happy and want to share with you..
    Now i have little hard on my studying.Logistic is really hard to is the first time study logistic..too many difficult words~ Hope i can have good result on the examination..^^…
    Bless you..
    ,Miss you so much

    Go CHIERI!

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