Caroline Bristol, a 2010 Orchard Park High School graduate and sophomore on the Mercyhurst College women’s tennis team, tweeted the following on Friday evening: “3 more hours of this 15 hour trip home to erie”
The team was on its way back from a road trip to Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. The Lakers won all three matches on the trip by defeating Concord University of West Virginia twice (9-0 on Feb. 25 and 9-0 on Feb. 26) and York University of Hilton Head (9-0 on Feb. 29).
Bristol agreed to answer a few questions while the team bus was driving through West Virginia on the way back to Erie, Pa.
OrchardParkSports.com: What does the team do to pass the time?
Caroline Bristol: Everyone does their own thing like sleep and listen to music. We also watch movies and talk with each other.
OPS: What’s the worst part of a 15-hour road trip?
CB: The worst part is counting down the hours we have left. For example, after eight hours, someone said, “We have seven hours left!” Another bad part is having to use the bathroom or being hungry, but you can’t do anything about it unless coach lets us stop.
OPS: What’s your favorite thing to do on the bus?
CB: My favorite thing to do on the bus is definitely sleep, especially if I find a comfortable position.
OPS: If you could stop at any fast food restaurant during the trip, which would you choose?
CB: Subway. And that is luckily where we stopped for lunch.
OPS: No Waffle House visits?
CB: Haha. No, unfortunately.
OPS: So what’s the last song you listened to on your ipod?
CB: I just finished listening to Obsession by Frankie J and Baby Bash.
OPS: Do you sit by yourself or next to someone?
CB: Everyone is sitting in their own two seats. My closest teammate on the bus is my good friend Courtney Thompson.
OPS: Cool kids sit at the back of the bus and nerds up front. Where are you sitting?
CB: I am sitting about 3/4 of the way back. Haha. I don’t know if that means I’m cool or nerdy.
OPS: Do you study on the bus?
CB: No way. We are in between terms so there is no work to be done.
Two hours after Bristol’s tweet that prompted this interview, she tweeted this: “im going to pee my pants on this bus. one hour left!”