Cracking the State Volleyball Code

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Cracking the State Volleyball Code

Courtney Donaldson, Author

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State volleyball is a one of a kind experience— playing teams you’ve never seen before, in a new gym, different crowd. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the nerves and the excitement of being there, that it’s hard to play your normal game. As a team, the Lady Grizzlies rose to the challenge of being the better team—attitude, mentally, and physically.

The first game, they played Genessee. No nerves, no bad call by the line judge or referee, and no loud fan on the opposing team could get in the way of success. Without much competition, they swept Genessee in three sets. Later that same day, they played Troy. This game wasn’t as successful as the first, and they ended up losing to Troy.

This was a true double elimination tournament, meaning that even after one loss the Lady Grizzlies could still get into the championship, but it would be very very difficult. Their third match for the day was against Prairie. After a loss, it’s hard to stay positive and play in the moment. Adding to that, they had already played two games that day. Despite our exhaustion, the girls came out on top and beat Prairie.

The next day, they played Shoshone.  First set, loss. Second set, loss. They decided then and there that the next three sets were theirs, and with much determination and drive—knowing that if they lost, they would be done—the team came back and won 16-14 in the fifth set. Quickly after, they faced Ambrose, one of the best teams in the tournament. The girls battled hard, but ended up losing 3-1 sets, and with that they were congratulated as third place with the sportsmanship award as well. 

After battling and playing their hearts out, the Lady Grizzlies were named third place and given the sportsmanship award.

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