Month: September 2014

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Beamer finishes Top 8 at Kent Classic!

Beamer finishes in the Top 8 at the 2014 Kent Classic!

Beamer Varsity played well at the 2014 Kent Classic on Saturday.  We won our 1st round pool going 4-0 beating Kentwood JV (25-18, 25-13) and then Bothell (25-18, 25-14).   We switched gyms for our 2nd round pool and went 3-1, beating Bothell again (25-21, 25-19) and splitting with Capital (18-25, 25-21).  We narrowly missed taking 1st place in our pool, as Capital had us beat in the tiebreaker system by 5 overall points.  (BTW – Capital went on to finish 2nd overall.)

When we got to bracket play we knew things would get “interesting” for us since both our staring setter and starting libero had some important prior family commitments that required them to leave early and miss the last part of the tournament.  But nonetheless, the Lady Titans rolled on and played well in the Silver bracket semis.  We ran a 6-2 offense and mixed around our entire lineup.  We started our young sophomore (Elisa Chew) at setter, had starting outside hitter (Cassie Neu) play our 2nd setter, started our two young sophomores (Savanna Servive and Mallorie Post) at middles, and then let everyone else play outside or right side.  It was great to see our senior starting middle Reed Copeland be a six rotation player – which is something she has been really wanting to do!  It took our players a little time to make the adjustments and just play volleyball; it looked pretty remedial at first but by the 2nd set it started to click!  We lost to Skyview (18-25, 24-26) and came very close to forcing a 3rd deciding set with the momentum starting to shift in our favor – but fell just a little short.

Was very proud of how we competed all day!  Finishing in the Top 8 out of 30 good teams is a nice accomplishment for this group!

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Beamer gets to “Gold” Semi-Finals!

Girls have been working hard in the gym and this past weekend showed how much we have improved and offered glimpses of how good we can be.  We entered the tournament wanting to work on our lineups a little and get all our players a chance to play.  We did that and somehow found ourselves competing with the top 4 teams in the tournament.

Our morning 1st round pool saw us matched up against some tough teams from Prairie and Mount Vernon and Auburn.  We beat Prairie in 2 sets, split with both Mount Vernon and Auburn but somehow managed to come out 1st in our pool with a 4-2 game record.  The top 3 teams in our 1st round pool all ended up in the Top 8 teams in the tournament.

Our second round pool had us matched up against Tahoma, Edmonds-Woodway, and Auburn (again).  We played a tough match against Tahoma winning both sets and were able to win out against Edmonds and Auburn – winning our pool at 6-0.

We jumped to the upper Gold bracket based on our 2nd round pool performance and faced Kennedy Catholic in the semi-final championship match.  We started off extremely well with several monster blocks to start the match; but Kennedy Catholic had a great team and several great players that tested our serve receive and defense.  After starting off well we hit a few bumps as they jumped on us midway through – we eventually lost game 1 (17-25).  In the second game we battled well and the game went back and forth – we just didn’t seem to be able to get ahead and ended up losing game 2 (22-25).  Kennedy went on to win the Tournament, beating Tumwater (2-0) in the Final!

Overall a good finish for our young team that is still learning to play well together.  Had lots of positive things happen for many of our players coming away from this tournament!  Nice job Lady Titans!

2014 Kent Classic

 

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Beamer will be competing at the Kent Classic Invitational Tournament at Kentlake and Kentwood High Schools on September 20, 2014.

Our Varsity team is entered into the competition.  Please click on the links below for more information!  Varsity will start play in the morning around 8 am and end around 6 pm.

Tournament Information Below:

General Info – Tournament format & Schedule

1st Round Pools

2nd Round Pools

Google Map to Kentlake High School

Google Map to Kentwood High School

Click Here for a List of Tournament Posts from Previous Year’s 

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2014 Sterling Invitational Tournament

Logo rightBeamer will be competing at the Puget Sound Sterling Invitational Tournament at Auburn Mountainview High School on September 13, 2014.

Our Varsity team is entered into the competition.  Please click on the links below for more information!  Varsity will start play in the morning around 8 am and end around 6 pm.

Tournament Information Below:

General Info

List of Participating Schools

Pools & Schedule

Directions

Click Here for a List of Tournament Posts from Previous Year’s 

Jamboree 2014

Beamer Varsity went 1-5 at the 2014 Emerald Ridge Jamboree on Saturday!

We began the day facing the Christian Faith Eagles, an opponent we will see again very shortly!  We played them evenly through out the game but let them go on a 6 consecutive point scoring spurt that ended up being the difference in the game.  We lost 18-25.

Our second game was against the Graham Kapowsin Eagles.  We were mentally checked-out to start the game and spotted them a big lead before we decided we were ready to play.  GK served short and then long on us with their pinpoint serving junior setter to score the first 10 points of the game, and by the time we started to play we just traded points but could never cut into the lead.  I had to take an early timeout to implore our players to compete as everything went wrong early in the game.  We lost to the eagles 16-25.

Our third game against the Fife Trojans was our best of the day.  I’m glad we bounced back and it looked like we were a dominant team.  We passed well, served well, and put the ball on the floor.  We played defense well enough to run a heavy dose of middle attacking and were able to control the play at the net.  We won 25-10.

Our fourth game was against the defending SPSL South Champion Emerald Ridge Jaguars who finished 3rd at State last season.  We entered the game pretty focused and actually passed well and had good ball control throughout.  We just weren’t able to sideout  – passing was good, defense was decent, we just found ourselves unable to match their net play and unable to serve them tough enough to get them out of system.  We lost 11-25.

Our fifth game was against Seattle Prep who had a good jump float serving team.  We spotted them a few points early but were able to make it up with good serving, defense and net play of our own to cut into the lead.  This was our closest match of the day as we kept trading the lead throughout.  We ended up losing 23-25, but pretty satisfied with our effort given we did not have one of our starting middle players in this game.

Our last game against the Kentridge Chargers was pretty good.  We had descent ball control and were able to find ways to score despite playing around with the lineup.  We got a little tight down the stretch but nothing that would concern me long term.  We lost the game 21-25.

Overall I would give our team a B-, I was pretty happy with the ball control and passing as a whole.  We are obviously going to get better, I think we need to be tougher with our serving.  Everyone needs to be a little more consistent, but I believe we are further along that I had expected to be at this point in the season.

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2014 ER Jamboree

Beamer will be competing at the 11th Annual Jag Jamboree at Emerald Ridge High School in Puyallup on September 6, 2014.  Our Varsity and JV teams are entered into the competition.  Please click on the links below for more information!  Varsity will start play in the morning around 9:30 am and end around 3 pm.  JV will start play in the afternoon around 3:30 and end around 8:30 pm.

Note from Directors – General Info

List of Participating Schools

 Varsity Schedule

JV Schedule

Click Here for a List of Jamboree Posts from Previous Year’s 

2014 Vote for Varsity Captains!

2014 Varsity Captains!

Vote now for your 2014 Varsity Team Captains.  You must select (2) candidates, the captains announcement will be made after the voting has been completed by all players.  No less than (2) team captains will be selected this year based on the voting.  The Head Coach reserves the authority to appoint a 3rd team captain based on voting or in based on his/her best judgement.

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