Lozano: Looking to Fly

Lozano: Looking to Fly

For immediate release – 9/10/2012 - #040
Lozano: Looking to Fly

LYNCHBURG, VA - Many students complain when they have to wake up on a Sunday before 10 a.m., or if the fire-alarm goes off in the dorms during the night.  For others, "sleeping in" on Sunday constitutes waking up at 6 a.m., and there is always a potential 3 a.m. "Night Raid", where no one goes back to sleep after.  The latter group cannot complain about those conditions, and that is the group Lynchburg College senior volleyball player Marion Lozano finds herself in. 

In the spring of 2011, Lozano made the decision to join the Air Force Reserves and was sent to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.  The native of Manassas, VA jumped into the situation "blindly" and was in for a new experience.  "Marion is a very light hearted and easy going person," head volleyball coach Beth Ellinger said, "therefore when she came to us and told us her decision we were very surprised.  We wanted to show her unwavering support as this decision would better her future after LC."  Lozano then began eight and a half weeks of boot camp and had to leave her previous life behind.

New recruits are allowed only the simplest of necessities.  No phone, no computer, no soda, and very little sleep.  Lozano had to adjust to the 4:45 a.m. wake-up time, and the even more difficult potential "Night Raids," where officers inspect the dorms and make sure everyone is awake and the place is neat.  With the lack of technology, Lozano also had to use different ways to communicate with friends and family.  She started writing letters to her coaches, teammates, and family.  People responded with words of encouragement; teammates Rachel Huffman and Rebecca Loftis were among the well-wishers, with Loftis "writing more letters than [Marion's] mom."  It was an adjustment, but one that changed her.

During boot camp, Lozano had to make a decision on which job she would pursue.  She took a placement test and she decided to join the security forces.  Lozano made the selection based on the location of where she would be stationed in the Air Force Reserves.  Lozano said, "It's a decision I don't regret, but I wish I was more aware of everything I was getting myself into."  She wanted to be close to home and close to LC and chose the path which would send her to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.  After making the decision, she moved onto technical school, also at Lackland AFB.

Technical school would prove to be different from boot camp, but still difficult.  The trainees had to wake up on their own at 4:30 a.m. five days a week for physical training (called "PT").  They are given back technology, but it is not for use in class, which lasts eight hours a day.  While some people compare technical school to college, there are several differences: the same room for all eight hours, one ten-minute break every hour where talking is not allowed, desks have to be ordered a certain way, and it is required to run everywhere within the building.  With all of those rules, Lozano did state there was more freedom at technical school.

Other changes arose for Lozano during this time, she was allowed use of a cell phone and a computer.  Former teammate Mallory Stewart and others continued sending care packages.  She also used firearms for the first time, learning how to fire, assemble, and disassemble them.  Now she is proficient with an assortment of weapons including M9s and M4s.

Lozano graduated from technical school on November 2.  With her initial training complete, she flew back home the next day, and drove down to watch her friends and teammates play in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) tournament.

Lozano had learned a great deal and missed as much during her time training.  For one she had missed her entire junior season.  She missed time with her friends and was coming back to a team with new players that she had not had many experiences with.  But there were many positives as well.  Lozano made many friends from all over the country, and even one person from Germany, and some as young as 17 and others in their 30s.  Joining the reserves will help pay for her Lynchburg education and the further graduate or trade schools that she may attend.  It also led her to getting a job this past summer at a missile defense agency.  She worked with people she would never have had the chance to meet had she not joined.

Lozano came back to school last spring and noticed different aspects of life.  Lozano said, "[she began] to see things differently" after leaving the highly disciplined military life and going to the relaxed college life.  It was tough to understand how people could complain about having a paper due, or not being able to use their cell phone in class.  She appreciates the little things a lot more after the experience, especially coming into her senior year.

This year, Lozano has two major aspirations which will both be very time consuming: to help the volleyball team win the ODAC title, and to graduate on time.  On the court she knows the team is a very strong one and she hopes to provide leadership in order to push them over the top.  The fact that at boot camp everything a person does is wrong makes it easier for her to take constructive criticism on the court.  When things got really tough during training, older airmen would encourage the inexperienced trainees.  Good leaders are vital to the success of any group and Lozano knows that first hand.  Positive encouragement can help younger players and older players at any time, and she will be the first to provide it, as long as she is there.  "I am very proud of Marion.  She has displayed a great deal of leadership as she transitions back into this program," stated Coach Ellinger.

On February 11, 2012, she was sworn into the U.S. Air Force Reserves and it requires her to be a member for six years.  This duty means one weekend a month (Drill) and two weeks a year (Annual Training) will be devoted to training.  Lozano missed the first scrimmage, picture day, and a fun team-bonding activity because of weekend training.  There are future conflicts as well.  But the support from her family, teammates, coach, and Air Force supervisor has helped her with those situations.  Currently, she is scheduled for Drill the weekend of the tournament at No. 1-ranked in the country Christopher Newport University.  Another Drill starts the morning after the game at ODAC rival Washington and Lee University.  "There's no way I'm missing W and L," Lozano stated, but she will have to miss the following game against Averett University and the game the next day against Shenandoah University.  She will also have to drive to the game herself.

All of these sacrifices are something she will have to accept and work with over the next five years.  But not only will she, but all of the people associated with Lozano will tell you they have helped her grow as a person.  While Lozano was scared the first night she was at boot camp and there were some parts she wished she had taken more time to examine, the choice of heading to San Antonio is one she is glad to have made.

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No Event
No Event
No Event
Fri Oct 26
Final
6 No. 6 South Carolina
2 Lynchburg
Fri Oct 26
Final
1 Randolph
3 Lynchburg
Senior Night/CODE RED Match -- Rescheduled from Sept. 15
Fri Oct 26
Final
3 Southern Virginia
2 Lynchburg
Senior Night
Sat Oct 27
vs. ODAC Championships
@ Winchester, Va.
Sat Oct 27
6th/8
at Bridgewater IHSA
Sat Oct 27
Final
1 Washington and Lee
4 Lynchburg
Senior Day | CODE RED Game
Sat Oct 27
Final
0 Ferrum
4 No. 15 Lynchburg
Senior Night
Sun Oct 28
Final
0 Randolph
3 No. 10 Lynchburg
Game 4 - ODAC Quarterfinals
Wed Oct 31
Final - 2OT
1 Washington and Lee
2 No. 15 Lynchburg
Game 5 - ODAC Quarterfinals
Wed Oct 31
Final
1 Lynchburg
3 at Bridgewater (Va.)
Match 4 - ODAC Quarterfinals
Fri Nov 02
Final
1 Roanoke
3 Lynchburg
Game 3 - ODAC Semifinals
Fri Nov 02
Final - OT
0 Washington and Lee
1 vs. Shenandoah
@ Lynchburg, Va. Game 4 - ODAC Semifinals
Sat Nov 03
7th/8
at Randolph IHSA
Sat Nov 03
Final
5 No. 16 Lynchburg
1 vs. Randolph-Macon
@ Bridgewater, Va. Game 7 - ODAC Semifinals
Sat Nov 03
Final
1 Bridgewater (Va.)
0 No. 10 Lynchburg
Game 7 - ODAC Semifinals
Sat Nov 03
Final
2 Shenandoah
7 Lynchburg
Game 5 - ODAC Championship
Sun Nov 04
Final
0 Va. Wesleyan
3 vs. No. 16 Lynchburg
@ Bridgewater, Va. Game 8 - ODAC Championship
Wed Nov 07
Final
1 No. 20 Denison
3 Lynchburg
NCAA Division III Tournament -- First Round
Thu Nov 08
Final
57 Ferrum
75 Lynchburg
Non-Conference Game
Sat Nov 10
Men 6th/Women 7th
vs. NCAA South/Southeast Region Championships
@ Mount Berry, Ga.
Sat Nov 10
7th/8
Lynchburg IHSA
CODE RED Day
Sat Nov 10
Final
0 Lynchburg
1 at No. 3 Rowan
NCAA Division III Tournament - Second Round
Sat Nov 10
Final
1 Piedmont
2 No. 17 Lynchburg
NCAA Division III Tournament - First Round
Sat Nov 10
Final
52 N.C. Wesleyan
80 Lynchburg
Note time change
Sun Nov 11
Final
80 St. Mary's (Md.)
83 Lynchburg
Sun Nov 11
Final
0 No. 22 Emory
2 No. 17 Lynchburg
NCAA Division III Tournament - Second Round
Tue Nov 13
Final
60 Averett
52 Lynchburg
Fri Nov 16
Final
69 Moravian
63 vs. Lynchburg
@ Union, N.J.
Fri Nov 16
Final - PK Away
2 No. 17 Lynchburg
2 vs. No. 2 Messiah
@ Newport News, Va. NCAA Division III Tournament - Third Round
Sat Nov 17
vs. NCAA Division III Championships
@ Winneconne, Wis.
Sat Nov 17
Final - 2OT
79 Lynchburg
83 at Kean
Sat Nov 17
Final
48 Randolph
60 Lynchburg
Sat Nov 17
Final
0 No. 17 Lynchburg
1 at No. 8 Chris. Newport
NCAA Division III Tournament - Quarterfinals
Tue Nov 20
Final
49 Lynchburg
64 at Mary Washington
Sun Nov 25
Final
72 East. Mennonite
87 Lynchburg
Tue Nov 27
Final
68 Lynchburg
60 at Washington and Lee
Wed Nov 28
Final
66 Emory & Henry
87 Lynchburg
Thu Nov 29
Final
55 Lynchburg
58 at Randolph-Macon
Fri Nov 30
vs. Bast-Cregger Invitational
@ Roanoke College, Salem, Va.
Sat Dec 01
vs. Bast-Cregger Invitational
@ Roanoke College, Salem, Va.
Sat Dec 01
Final
48 Randolph
82 vs. No. 22 Chris. Newport
@ Lynchburg, Va. (Turner Gymnasium) Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 1
Sat Dec 01
Final
64 Mary Washington
69 Lynchburg
Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 2
Sun Dec 02
Final
66 Randolph
75 vs. Mary Washington
@ Lynchburg, Va. Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 3
Sun Dec 02
Final
74 Lynchburg
62 at Shenandoah
Sun Dec 02
Final
64 No. 22 Chris. Newport
77 Lynchburg
Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 4 | CODE RED Game
Wed Dec 05
Final
78 No. 22 Lynchburg
82 at Guilford
Wed Dec 05
Final
54 Randolph
80 Lynchburg
Sat Dec 08
Final
78 No. 22 Lynchburg
76 at Methodist
Sat Dec 08
Final
73 Va. Wesleyan
55 Lynchburg
Sun Dec 16
4:00 PM
McDaniel
Lynchburg
Sat Dec 29
2:00 PM
Muskingum
vs. Lynchburg
@ Guilford College, Greensboro, N.C. Guilford Classic
Sat Dec 29
2:00 PM
Chris. Newport
Lynchburg
Lynchburg Holiday Classic
Sun Dec 30
2:00 PM
Lynchburg
vs. Greensboro
@ Guilford College, Greensboro, N.C. Guilford Classic
Sun Dec 30
4:00 PM
Meredith
Lynchburg
Lynchburg Holiday Classic
Tue Jan 01
4:00 PM
Averett
Lynchburg
Sat Jan 05
2:00 PM
Lynchburg
at East. Mennonite
Sat Jan 05
4:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Shenandoah
Mon Jan 07
7:00 PM
Washington and Lee
Lynchburg
Wed Jan 09
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Emory & Henry
Wed Jan 09
7:00 PM
Hollins
Lynchburg
Sat Jan 12
2:00 PM
Va. Wesleyan
Lynchburg
Sat Jan 12
2:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Emory & Henry
Wed Jan 16
7:00 PM
Guilford
Lynchburg
Thu Jan 17
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Washington and Lee
Fri Jan 18
vs. VMI Keydet Invitational
@ Lexington, Va.
Sat Jan 19
vs. VMI Keydet Invitational
@ Lexington, Va.
Sat Jan 19
2:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Bridgewater (Va.)
Sat Jan 19
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at East. Mennonite
Wed Jan 23
7:00 PM
Guilford
Lynchburg
Coaches vs. Cancer Week
Wed Jan 23
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Randolph
Fri Jan 25
vs. Liberty University Kickoff
@ Lynchburg, Va.
Sat Jan 26
vs. Liberty University Kickoff
@ Lynchburg, Va.
Sat Jan 26
2:00 PM
Roanoke
Lynchburg
Alumni Day
Sat Jan 26
4:30 PM
Randolph-Macon
Lynchburg
Alumni Day/Coaches vs. Cancer Week
Wed Jan 30
7:00 PM
Emory & Henry
Lynchburg
Wed Jan 30
7:30 PM
Lynchburg
at Roanoke
Sat Feb 02
vs. Vince Brown Invitational
@ Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Va.
Sat Feb 02
2:00 PM
Bridgewater (Va.)
Lynchburg
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No Event
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Thu Nov 08
Final
57 Ferrum
75 Lynchburg
Non-Conference Game
Sun Nov 11
Final
80 St. Mary's (Md.)
83 Lynchburg
Sat Nov 17
Final
48 Randolph
60 Lynchburg
Sun Nov 25
Final
72 East. Mennonite
87 Lynchburg
Wed Nov 28
Final
66 Emory & Henry
87 Lynchburg
Sat Dec 01
Final
48 Randolph
82 vs. No. 22 Chris. Newport
@ Lynchburg, Va. (Turner Gymnasium) Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 1
Sat Dec 01
Final
64 Mary Washington
69 Lynchburg
Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 2
Sun Dec 02
Final
66 Randolph
75 vs. Mary Washington
@ Lynchburg, Va. Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 3
Sun Dec 02
Final
64 No. 22 Chris. Newport
77 at Lynchburg
Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 4 | CODE RED Game
Wed Dec 05
Final
78 No. 22 Lynchburg
82 at Guilford
Sat Dec 08
Final
78 No. 22 Lynchburg
76 at Methodist
Sun Dec 16
4:00 PM
McDaniel
Lynchburg
Sat Dec 29
2:00 PM
Muskingum
vs. Lynchburg
@ Guilford College, Greensboro, N.C. Guilford Classic
Sun Dec 30
2:00 PM
Lynchburg
vs. Greensboro
@ Guilford College, Greensboro, N.C. Guilford Classic
Tue Jan 01
4:00 PM
Averett
Lynchburg
Sat Jan 05
4:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Shenandoah
Wed Jan 09
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Emory & Henry
Sat Jan 12
2:00 PM
Va. Wesleyan
Lynchburg
Thu Jan 17
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Washington and Lee
Sat Jan 19
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at East. Mennonite
Wed Jan 23
7:00 PM
Guilford
Lynchburg
Coaches vs. Cancer Week
Sat Jan 26
4:30 PM
Randolph-Macon
Lynchburg
Alumni Day/Coaches vs. Cancer Week
Wed Jan 30
7:30 PM
Lynchburg
at Roanoke
Sat Feb 02
2:00 PM
Bridgewater (Va.)
Lynchburg
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No Event
No Event
Sat Nov 10
Final
52 N.C. Wesleyan
80 Lynchburg
Note time change
Tue Nov 13
Final
60 Averett
52 Lynchburg
Fri Nov 16
Final
69 Moravian
63 vs. Lynchburg
@ Union, N.J.
Sat Nov 17
Final - 2OT
79 Lynchburg
83 at Kean
Tue Nov 20
Final
49 Lynchburg
64 at Mary Washington
Tue Nov 27
Final
68 Lynchburg
60 at Washington and Lee
Thu Nov 29
Final
55 Lynchburg
58 at Randolph-Macon
Sun Dec 02
Final
74 Lynchburg
62 at Shenandoah
Wed Dec 05
Final
54 Randolph
80 Lynchburg
Sat Dec 08
Final
73 Va. Wesleyan
55 Lynchburg
Sat Dec 29
2:00 PM
Chris. Newport
Lynchburg
Lynchburg Holiday Classic
Sun Dec 30
4:00 PM
Meredith
Lynchburg
Lynchburg Holiday Classic
Sat Jan 05
2:00 PM
Lynchburg
at East. Mennonite
Mon Jan 07
7:00 PM
Washington and Lee
Lynchburg
Wed Jan 09
7:00 PM
Hollins
Lynchburg
Sat Jan 12
2:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Emory & Henry
Wed Jan 16
7:00 PM
Guilford
Lynchburg
Sat Jan 19
2:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Bridgewater (Va.)
Wed Jan 23
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Randolph
Sat Jan 26
2:00 PM
Roanoke
Lynchburg
Alumni Day
Wed Jan 30
7:00 PM
Emory & Henry
Lynchburg
No Event
No Event
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No Event
No Event
No Event
Sun Oct 28
Final
0 Randolph
3 No. 10 Lynchburg
Game 4 - ODAC Quarterfinals
Sat Nov 03
Final
1 Bridgewater (Va.)
0 No. 10 Lynchburg
Game 7 - ODAC Semifinals
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No Event
No Event
Sat Oct 27
Final
0 Ferrum
4 No. 15 Lynchburg
Senior Night
Wed Oct 31
Final - 2OT
1 Washington and Lee
2 No. 15 Lynchburg
Game 5 - ODAC Quarterfinals
Sat Nov 03
Final
5 No. 16 Lynchburg
1 vs. Randolph-Macon
@ Bridgewater, Va. Game 7 - ODAC Semifinals
Sun Nov 04
Final
0 Va. Wesleyan
3 vs. No. 16 Lynchburg
@ Bridgewater, Va. Game 8 - ODAC Championship
Sat Nov 10
Final
1 Piedmont
2 No. 17 Lynchburg
NCAA Division III Tournament - First Round
Sun Nov 11
Final
0 No. 22 Emory
2 No. 17 Lynchburg
NCAA Division III Tournament - Second Round
Fri Nov 16
Final - PK Away
2 No. 17 Lynchburg
2 vs. No. 2 Messiah
@ Newport News, Va. NCAA Division III Tournament - Third Round
Sat Nov 17
Final
0 No. 17 Lynchburg
1 at No. 8 Chris. Newport
NCAA Division III Tournament - Quarterfinals
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