Beamer Varsity finishes 2-4 at the Jag Jamboree
We could tell during our morning warmups that there would be a few anxious moments today for some of our players as we got our first real taste of competition. Some of the Seniors looked at ease but several of our young players looked pretty nervous going into our first set of the day. We started off with Kentwood, who we’ll see later in league but made lots of attacking errors throughout the match and some key passing errors down the stretch. We lost to the Lady Conquerors 19-25.
In our 2nd match of the day we faced Kennedy Catholic who in my opinion had the most polished team in the gym featuring a duo of dynamic outside hitters and arguably the best high school top-spin jump server in the State this season. We actually went into the match pretty focused and started with really good energy but faded as the match progressed. We had a lot of service errors and had some problems adjusting to the speed and pressure of their tough serving and outside attack. We eventually lost 14-25.
We won our 3rd match against the Graham Kapowsin Eagles, 25-22. We turned in a solid serving & passing performance, recording several aces and also put pressure on them with a consistent balanced attack. It was a pretty even match for us but always nice to record your first win of the season!
We played Gig Harbor next – another evenly matched contest. We played well for most of the set but did appear to lose focus on scoring down the stretch. We definitely had our chances to surge ahead of this team but didn’t separate when we had our chances and very quickly we found ourselves behind to close out the set losing 21-25.
Our 5th match of the day was against a younger Emerald Ridge Jaguar team that finished last season as the State 4A Final runner-up. We played them fairly well, but felt like they dominated us in the middle, we just were not able to stop or slow them down as they consistently scored from there. I thought our outside play was even but we struggled getting a consistent pass and had to play lots of out-of-system balls making it super easy for them to get into their offense. We lost 19-25.
Our last match of the day was against the Tahoma Lady Bears who were missing a few key players but still a talented team. We played our best match of the day, and seemed to have lots of energy going into it. We served consistently and had a pretty balanced offense. Passing and defense was fairly solid. We did struggle a little with their outside hitters and gave up the line shot a little too much but were able to put out a 25-21 victory to end the day. Always nice to finish on a good note.
Overall, I thought we had a solid showing. I felt our ball control was better than I had initially expected it to be. We will obviously continue to improve on all facets of the game but I’m pleased about some of the leaps we have already made from tryouts to now. The team is a little further along than I had expected going into the season and we still have much more room to improve and that’s exciting!