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Girls Volleyball - Frosh/Soph
10/5/09
JV Volleyball Take 3rd Place at Carmichael Tournament


The JV team entered their last tournament with high hopes. After being seeded 3rd in their pool, they wanted to prove that they were one of the elite teams there. After beating the number one seed Roseville High in a dominating two games (14-25, 18-25), they entered their second match with more confidence.


Excellent passing throughout the day led to a better offense. Once again, Lowell's strong serving and attack game beat Will C Wood (15-25, 23-25). After their first break of the day, Lowell got off to a slow start to St Mary's Frosh team and dropped a match. It was a bit of a wake up call and the girls new they needed to turn it around. They handled the second game somewhat easily and brought the match to a third and decisive game. They knew they had the momentum and carried it into the third game from the start. Sophomore co-captain Danielle Menikheim dominated the net from the middle while co-captain Chelan Mcginty pounded ball after ball from the outside. The girls took 1st place in their pool after they won their last match (20-25, 25-15, 15-5).


The first round of the championship bracket was against Argonaut, a team just as short, but just as scrappy. They proved to be a little bit of trouble for Lowell, digging most of their hits, so Lowell had to mix up their shots a little to get the kills. Nonetheless, Lowell won yet again after the girls continued to make good passes and good swings. They entered the semi-finals facing Rocklin, one of the taller teams they've faced all day. They fell behind early in the match, but they were not going to give up. They fought through it the first match and pushed themselves. They caught up and kept it close and exciting, but eventaully came up short, losing the first game 23-25. A combination of exhaustion and a quicker team caused them to fall behind again in the second game, but they could not come back from the deficit and ended up being eliminated from the playoffs.


The girls saw many positive things from the tournament. They saw their passing improve, and they also knew they could come back from behind once they regained their focus and composure. Once again, the parents and coaches from the other teams gave nothing but compliments on how solid of a team they were, and how well they played. The girls had nothing to be sad about that day.


Their next league match is at Washington High on Wed Oct 6 at 3:45 pm, following by varsity girls immediately after.

 

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