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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!