This past weekend, my club team took first place in our first Area League tournament. After a 7th finish in qualifiers, I was disappointed because I knew they could play so much better. I believe we have a lot of talent on our team, we just need to play smarter especially when it’s a close game.
This was a very long tournament for me. Because I don’t believe in up officials to be players especially since I’m guilty of yelling at them too, I up ref. Because we took first in our pool, we had to ref the first match of bracket play. Since there was 9 teams in our group, they had a semi-final round. We had a bye, but we had to still ref that match. So I never left the court from 7:45 until we finished. Luckily, one of my mom’s brought me some snacks to munch on. I need to start to learn to just bring my own food especially on days like these. Let’s just say, my calves where hurting once I finally got home from all the standing and walking around I did that day.
Our other club team, Point Break Matt had to play Team Titan in the semi-round, which we had to officiate. They ended up losing and took home 3rd. We played Team Titan in the final round. We won the first set 25-23. They took the second set 22-25. In the third and final set, they had the momentum on their side and took a sight lead. I could totally tell the girls were very tired. When we had to switch sides at 8, I called my first time out. I had to tell them to basically reach within to pull out any energy they had left to finish this match. We slowly turned it on. We took a couple of points and then they took a couple of points. With us at 9 and them at 13, we stayed focused and allowed them to make the mistakes. After 3 hitting errors on their part, we caught up 12-13. At this point in the match, I’m just happy that we were playing as well as we were. They did score another point so it’s now 12-14. We stayed focused again and played very good defense. Everyone played as a team. We took a couple more points to tie the game 14-14. After another hitting error, we finally took the lead 15-14. We closed with a great block from our middle player.
This win was awesome. We needed this just to get the girls to start believing in each other. Not bad for only practicing 1 day a week so far. I can just imagine how we will get when we actually start to practice two days a week. And the cherry on top of this tournament, I found out that Eclipse was playing for 3 or 4 against the other Eclipse team. They were in a different group than us. But at least we get the first place points. I hope we can keep up this momentum going into our next tournaments.