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Lady Flames' Israel Journey: Day 10

June 15, 2014
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On Father's Day, the Lady Flames enjoyed a yacht ride on the Red Sea.

With a day off between the Friendship Games semifinal and championship game, the Lady Flames spent Father's Day enjoying a yacht ride on the Red Sea. Mickayla Sanders summarizes the team's Sunday, including her experience of captaining the yacht.

The Lady Flames also extend Father's Day greetings to all of their fathers back home.

Liberty will square off with Germany in the 2014 Friendship Games title game Monday at 10 a.m. Israel (3 a.m. Eastern). They will then attend the Friendship Games closing ceremony at 4 p.m. (9 a.m. Eastern).

Hi from Eilat, everyone!

It's June 15, which means it's Father's Day!! Happy Father's Day to all the fathers who are reading this, and thank you for all that you do!

Today was an off day for the tournament, which meant a day to kick our feet up and relax, or in our case, go out on a yacht. We left the hotel at 10 a.m. and took a shuttle to the marina where our Pirates of the Caribbean yacht sat waiting for us. We noticed that we were missing Coach Sherard, and he later informed us as to why he arrived late. It involved a hilarious story about him being locked in an elevator alone, for a good 25 minutes.

After everyone found their seat, whether it was under the shade or in a chair by the front of the deck, we all became mesmerized by how clear the Red Sea was. As we were riding along, the captain of the ship would point out different countries. Yes, you read that right—countries. He would point over to the left and say, "This is Jordan," or, "Look over there to the white poles. That is Saudi Arabia," and, "Up in front, you can see Egypt."  It was really cool to be able to see four different countries from one body of water. But not just any body of water, the sea that Moses parted!

Being the antsy person I am, I was getting restless just sitting and watching the water. So I got this great idea to ask if I could drive the boat. I mean what's the worst the captain could say to me, "No?" I made my way to the back and at first asked if I could watch. Anyone who knows me should know that I asked a million questions. Either the crew got really tired of me or saw my interest because eventually they let me drive! I was steering a ship in the Red Sea! My instructions were to head to the mountains, which is the equivalent of saying turn at the next tree in America. It was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be, but the captain was very nice, and explained everything to me.

Eventually we made it to the spot where we were able to swim and snorkel. It was so much fun and everyone was able to get in and enjoy themselves. Some of us ventured out a bit further than the rest with Ben, and he showed us some coral, and we even saw a snake on the bottom!

After we swam, we ate chicken, hamburger, rice and other small arrangements. It was by far my favorite meal, and I am pretty sure most of my team would agree. After lunch, Catherine and Ashley went on a different boat and went parasailing. They said it was such a great adventure and so much fun. Overall, the boat trip took from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. It was a great way to spend the day.

When we arrived at the hotel, some of us went to eat and some others rested up for our practice at 5:30. After practice, we were able to come back and shower and our coaches sent shuttles so we could go to the Ice Mall. It's called the Ice Mall because they have a huge ice rink in the middle of the mall, and all of the stores surround the rink. It was a really neat mall, and most of us were able to find something.

It's getting late here, and I need to be well rested for our championship game tomorrow, which is at 10 a.m.

Shalom from Eilat!

Father's Day Greetings from Eilat
Audrey Rettstatt #12 – Thank you dad for being my coach from the very beginning and playing a huge part in getting me to where I am today! Love ya!

Emily Stotmeister #23 – Thank you dad for being my spiritual leader and for all of the support you have given me my entire life! I love you with all my heart. Happy Father's Day!

Jaymee Fisher-Davis #10 – I love my dad because he's always seen the best in me when I couldn't even see the best in myself. He's taught me that nothing in life comes easy, and that despite the people who may doubt me or say negative things, I can do whatever I set my mind to. He's truly shown me what a Godly man with a selfless heart looks like, and I love him with all my heart.

Simone Brown #15 – Happy Father's Day! I am so thankful for my dad because he is my world and my everything. From teaching me life lessons to joking around, he will always be the most influential person in my life.

Mickayla Sanders #1 – I love my dad because he is always there for me, and no matter what, he has never given up on me. My dad taught me to be myself no matter what, and he has always let me know that he loves me. I will forever and always be my daddy's little girl! Happy Father's Day, old man!

Ellee Rollins #4 – Thank you for pushing me to be the best I can be in everything for God's glory! And for teaching me to sing oldies in the car … and for making me the best breakfasts.

Ashley Rininger #55 – Thank you dad for everything! Love you!

Jasmine Gardner #24 – I love my dad for being strong-willed and determined. Thanks dad for always believing in me and encouraging me.

Catherine Kearney #44 – I love my dad for the way he loves me, my siblings and my mom. And I am thankful for all he has taught me, from fishing to how to make the best pancakes, and so much about the game of basketball. He is truly one of the most supportive people in my life!

Sadalia Ellis #3 – I love my dad and stepdad because they are always there trying to guide me in the right direction.

Katelyn Adams #34 - Thank you dad for always being there for me and for your constant love and support! I love you so much!