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.