I love coaching because there is always a life lesson that pops up in every match. I watched my team warm-up looking more ready to play than I have ever seen them this season – I was expecting a great match from our players. Instead we got a pretty demonstrative collapse. We started well in game 1, but we never really forced the tempo or established our will to win. We kinda let Spanaway Lake control the match from start to finish. I thought for a minute that we should be leading because we definitely looked like the superior squad judging by our height, offensive might and style, but our play didn’t support that. We never led in game 1 losing 19-25 in a game that we later described as showing little urgency! In game 2, all the energy and spunk we had going into the match was gone. We struggled to start the game and it started looking like we were playing Emerald Ridge all over again. The result a 10-25 thrashing, we just couldn’t pass. In our huddle before game 3, we talked about being urgent about taking it one step at a time, about focusing on trying to get out of the hole we created for ourselves. We started the game with a 4-0 lead and looked as if finally our team was ready to play, we continued to push the tempo and establish the style of the game all the way to a 23-17 lead – then the wheels fell off! We missed our serve and gave up 9 straight points and found ourselves staring at 24-23 match point for Spanaway Lake. We managed to fight back a little and even regained game point but still lost 27-29. There is definitely a life lesson to learn from this, but there is a part of me that thinks we shouldn’t have to make our life lessons this difficult!