11 Fusion played in 2 tournaments this past weekend. Even though Saturday turned out not to be our day, the girls came away with some positives. As always, serving is a large part of the game at this age level. This turned out to be our downfall on Saturday. We were never able to pull it together but the girls wisely decided to leave Saturday behind and come back on Sunday with a new goal. SERVES.
It worked. The fact that we were playing in a 12’s tournament did not rattle this team at all. The girls came out very strong. Our serves were there, our 3 touches were there, our play at the net was there and our defense made some saves that were incredible. We won our first 2 matches easily before falling to a very strong Top Notch team giving us 2nd in pool play. Top Notch had some very strong servers as well as hitters and ended up winning the tournament. We played very hard and made some great plays but were never able to pull ahead of this team. We went on to lose to a strong South County Angels team in the semi finals leaving us tied for 3rd over all. Not bad.
Winning is always more fun than losing. Tessa Johnson said it best. “The day seems shorter when your winning but when your losing it feels like a very long day” So true Tessa. However, the scoreboard isn’t everything. It’s about coming together as a team, working hard, being supportive of your teammates, learning something new each time and most of all, having fun.
A special thanks to the parents for being supportive as well as helping with the line judging, giving the girls a little time for rest since we only had 7 players for the day. We don’t have another tournament until March 3rd which gives us time to get back in the gym to work on the areas that need improvement. The girls have already grown so much and I can see the love they have for the game of volleyball. It makes me very proud to see our girls ALL serving overhand (even though we miss a few) as apposed to a good portion of the other teams serving underhand. Even at the 12’s level. It also makes me proud when it is our turn to ref and we do it with professionalism. All the girls do a great job at the score table, reffing stands and line judging. Great job H2 11 Fusion. See you in the gym.