Monarchs Looking Forward To This Weekend's Trip to London

October 08, 2003
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Oct. 8, 2003

NORFOLK, VA. -- The Old Dominion University Monarchs open the pre-season with a four-day tour of London, England. For many on the squad, this will be their first trip across the Atlantic Ocean.

"I am looking forward to this tour. It will be a great experience to see a different culture and get a chance to play against some good competition," said senior John Waller (Richmond, VA.). "I think this trip will also help our team chemistry."

This will actually be the third trip for CAA pre-season second team All-CAA selection Alex Loughton (Perth, Australia). "I flew into London twice this year, coming to and from Australia", said Loughton. " I have a cousin who lives there. I really enjoyed the city."

Senior guard Troy Nance (Virginia Beach, VA.) echoe's Waller's feeling about the tour. "This is the first time I have ever gone across the Atlantic Ocean, and I am looking forward to the all around educational experience," said Nance. "This trip will be good for us as a team both physically and mentally."

The Monarchs depart for London on Friday, and return to Norfolk on Tuesday evening. All 14 members of the squad will be on the trip.

The last time the Monarchs took a foriegn tour was in the summer of 1994 when they travel to France. The team also toured Algeria in the summer of 1975.

Sunday, Oct. 12 (England Time)
(at Brunel University, Osterly)
3:00 Richmond Basketball Academy
5:00 London Heat

Monday, Oct. 13 (at Richmond College) 12:00 noon London United 7:30 pm Thames Valley Tigers (at the American School in Surrey)