October 20, 2015 at 5:15pm

Big Blue Volleyball visits New York City

The Big Blue volleyball team took full advantage of Millikin's Fall Break taking a trip to New York City.

The volleyball team's trip was a huge success on all fronts. After taking a team photo with the iconic New York City skyline as a backdrop, the Big Blue volleyball team took care of business on the court.

Millikin scored three victories during the trip. Millikin defeated Stevens Institute of Technology 3-0 on Friday night. Then on Saturday, Millikin played at Kean College in Union, N.J., knocking off the host team 3-0 and defeating Fairleigh Dickinson-Florham 3-0.

Saturday night, the team enjoyed dinner at Carmine's and took in a Broadway performance of The Lion King. After the show, the team headed to the top of the Empire State Building.

Sunday was spent visiting various sites around New York City. The day began with a visit to the Statue of Liberty and a stop on Ellis Island. While on Ellis Island several players had the opportunity to research their families' arrival in the United States. Other stops included Wall Street, the Brooklyn Bridge and the 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero.

On Monday, the players and coaches got up early and braved cold temperatures to make their way to Rockefeller Plaza to participate in a taping of NBC's Today Show. The team was shown saying "Good Morning" and could be seen several times during the broadcast. The players dressed in pink to promote breast cancer awareness. Millikin will host the Linda Slagell Dig for the Cure Tournament on October 23-24.

"I have never been to New York before, and ending my final volleyball team trip by going to the Big Apple was such an amazing experience," said senior Alyssa Visvardis.  "Watching a Broadway show was indescribable, and seeing Ground Zero and the 9/11 Memorial left me speechless. I am a Chicago girl at heart, but New York definitely has me wanting to go back and experience the city that never sleeps even more. I am so grateful for all of the amazing trips I have gotten to go on with Millikin volleyball, and I am happy to have thousands of pictures and memories to last me a lifetime."