SAN LUIS OBISPO—Cal Poly volleyball play Taylor Nelson is set to make her trip to Bangkok, Thailand this week, as she is apart of the U.S. Women's Collegiate National Team Thailand Tour.
The setter is one of 12 players to make the roster after being selected through the U.S. Women's National Team Open Tryouts.
The team will spend the next two weeks in Thailand, where it will take on the Thailand National Team, the Thailand U23 Team and Bangkok Glass.
gopoly.com: What are you most excited about?
Taylor: I will be traveling outside the U.S. for my very first time; I'm excited to experience Thailand and its culture. I'm also very excited to play with some of the top collegiate players in the country while representing Cal Poly and USA Volleyball.
gopoly.com: What are you most nervous about?
Taylor: I'm a little nervous to leave the country for the first time because I don't really know what to expect, but everyone I know that's been to Thailand has loved it. I'm also a little nervous about the length of the flight (18 hours). My longest flights have only been to Hawaii.
gopoly.com: What is something thing you are hoping to gain from this experience?
Taylor: I am looking to gain as much knowledge and expertise from these great coaches. Both Jerritt and Paula have years of experience at both the collegiate and international levels. Also, experiencing playing under international rules will be helpful if I continue playing over sees after Poly. Lastly, gaining an appreciation for a new culture. I am hoping this experience will help me grow as a player on and off the court.
gopoly.com: Where or what in Bangkok do you want to see the most?
Taylor: I'm excited to experience a new culture and visit the different temples in the city. I have heard the Kings palace is a must see and shopping on Khaosan Road is a great experience. There's also a floating market called Damnoen Saduak that looks really fun.
gopoly.com: Do you like Thai food?
Taylor: I recently tried Thai food at the Thai Boat restaurant in SLO and really liked it. I'm curious to see how Thai food in America differs from the food in Thailand.
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