Fleur de Lis Fest – April 30 – May 1

Hotel Lobby Sand Sculpture

Hotel Lobby Sand Sculpture

My dad retired a long time ago after 42 years of being a high school principal, schoolteacher and coach. He was an extremely quiet man. My dad would never ever think of picking up the phone and calling someone just to “talk.” Phones were something used to convey messages. But late in his life I could expect a call from him on Sunday evenings if I had coached at a tournament that weekend. He always wanted to know how the team did that weekend. I still often think of one of his sayings — “If you aren’t losing you aren’t learning.” If he was still around to make that call tonight I would have told him we learned a lot this weekend. That is probably an oversimplification. We did our fair share of winning but we did suffer some tough losses too.

This tournament was a little unique in that it consisted of 8 teams, including teams from various age groups, 15s thru 17s. Many of the teams were from two very strong clubs and half of them played at the Open level at large tournaments this year. So we knew going in that we would be challenged. Saturday we played the morning wave in an initial pool of 4 teams. The first two matches were against outstanding Open Level teams. After an off and on first game we competed better in the second game, only to lose 24-26. The second match, against a tough Union 16-1 team, we were unable to mount much of a challenge and lost 10-25 and 13-25. The final match of the day, against Lexington United 16s, we played well and won in two straight. Having placed third in our pool we were paired against the other pool’s second place team, Unity VBC 16-1, in the Sunday morning playoffs. After losing the first game, we battled back the next two games to win and that put us into the semifinals against Union 16-1 again. We fared no better this time around, losing in two quick games.

Pre -Match Huddle

Pre -Match Huddle

On the positive side the tournament provided excellent competition and we tied for 3rd out of 8 teams. Three of the teams that made the semis came out of our initial pool so we played some nice teams. On the negative side we would have like to put up better resistance against the top two teams from our initial pool, both of which made the finals. Those two teams gave us all three of our losses.

Playing the early wave of Saturday provided plenty of leisure time later in the day and we took advantage of it with a very nice team dinner at Aspen Creek Grill. Thanks to Brenda Remmetter for planning and herding. Thanks also to Vicki Ferguson who took the majority of photos you see below. The season end is rapidly approaching. Five practices left, with OVR Regionals being our final tournament on May 15th. After that we will celebrate our season together with a Blue Crew party on May 22nd.

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”

Amanda with the bewildering bold bitterly blanketing block.

Amanda with the bewildering bold bitterly blanketing block.

Sara displays her team handball skills.

Sara displays her team handball skills.

Gwen feeds Grace in the middle.

Gwen feeds Grace in the middle.

 

Dani denies the dink.

Dani denies the dink.

Audrey adds the appropriate english with her mouth.

Audrey adds the appropriate english with her mouth.

Taylor with the "Scorpion" attack.

Taylor with the “Scorpion” attack.

Ashley pounds it by the double block.

Ashley pounds it by the double block.

Mel steps in and sets the errant pass.

Mel steps in and sets the errant pass.

Faith didn't get enough for breakfast so she goes after another pancake here.

Faith didn’t get enough for breakfast so she goes after another pancake here.

Interesting setting technique Gwen.

Interesting setting technique Gwen.

A pic of me taking a pic of Gwen, Dani, Faith, and Amanda on the 3rd floor balcony.

A pic of me taking a pic of Gwen, Dani, Faith, and Amanda on the 3rd floor balcony.

Amanda going sharp cross court inside the block.

Amanda going sharp cross court inside the block.

a Grace-ful MH attack.

A Grace-ful MH attack.

Sara with the pleasantly pleasingly perfect picturesque posture.

Sara with the pleasantly pleasingly perfect picturesque posture.

Late blocker's eyes are looking up at Dani's attack.

Late blocker’s eyes are looking up at Dani’s attack.

As the blockers turn to see where the short dink went Audrey sweeps it up.

As the blockers turn to see where the super short dink went Audrey sweeps it up.

Taylor unloads from the left side.

Taylor unloads from the left side.

Mel passes as Audrey provides the sound effects.

Mel passes as Audrey provides the sound effects.

Ashley reaches high to hit high.

Ashley reaches high to hit high.

Faith and a prayer.

Faith and a prayer.

Gwen on the move with a diving save.

Gwen on the move with a diving save.

Ash (eyes open) and Amanda (eyes shut) with the formidable block.

Ash (eyes open) and Amanda (eyes shut) with the formidable block.

Amanda, somewhere in the rafters, unleashes her attack.

Amanda, somewhere in the rafters, unleashes her attack.

Grace on the outside with the King Kong cross court kill.

Grace on the outside with the King Kong cross court kill.

I guess as long as one of the them gets it.

I guess as long as one of the them gets it.

Audrey with the preferred two arm pass, Gwen with the emergency one arm version.

Audrey with the preferred two arm pass, Gwen with the emergency one arm version.

One blocker is not enough to stop Danielle.

One blocker is not enough to stop Danielle.

Taylor demos the coaches' mantra - "Don't let the ball hit the floor."

Taylor demos the coaches’ mantra – “Don’t let the ball hit the floor.”

Ash avoids the formidable block.

Ash avoids the big block.

Faith "Coach told me that setter dinks a lot!"

Faith “Coach told me that setter dinks a lot!”

Gwen deals with the tight pass.

Gwen deals with the tight pass.

Four people can't be wrong. It has to be up there somewhere.

Four people can’t be wrong. It has to be up there somewhere.

Blue Crew Parents go out on the town.

Blue Crew Parents go out on the town.

Partial Pic of the team at dinner.

Partial Pic of the team at dinner.

Rest of the Blue Crew plus their waiter!

Rest of the Blue Crew plus their waiter!

Cleaned up and dressed up.

Cleaned up and dressed up.

Coach Megan unsure if she really liked that play.

Coach Megan unsure if she really liked that play.

 

 

 

 

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Another Birthday Celebration – April 26, 2016

Birthday CandlesTuesday found us celebrating yet another player birthday, our last “in-season” birthday. Taylor’s 16th birthday was actually Sunday, April 24th, so we had to wait for our Tuesday practice to express our good wishes and consume some cupcakes. I would note that one of our players, who will remain nameless (but wears #1), made sure to remind me Saturday of Taylor’s upcoming birthday. She even went so far as to mention that she “thought” Taylor would like chocolate cupcakes. Taylor — it is nice to know that you have such caring teammates! The players seemed to work particularly hard on Tuesday and the drills were challenging so I am sure they enjoyed the few minutes of celebration and food at the end of practice. Yet another player has reached that 16th birthday milestone and soon, another driver out on the road. Happy Birthday Taylor and careful driving! A few pictures capture the event.

Cupcakes lit, the Blue Crew pose.

Cupcakes lit, the Blue Crew pose.

Not sure, but it seemed like they were trying to sing.

Not sure, but it seemed like they were trying to sing.

I guess Cedarville's Sara didn't want to be seen celebrating a league competitor's (Taylor from Northeastern) birthday.

I guess Cedarville’s Sara didn’t want to be recognized celebrating a league competitor’s (Taylor from Northeastern) birthday.

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Indy Juniors Classic (For Real) – April 16-17

The Indiana Fairgrounds, hosting the 2016 Indy Jrs Classic.

The Indiana Fairgrounds, hosting the 2016 Indy Jrs Classic.

In the interest of full disclosure I must tell you that I didn’t actually participate in the subject tournament. However, should that really color your opinion of what you are about to read and see? TV and print reporters do this every day, write or talk about things they didn’t actually see or do. In many cases they are getting their info second or third hand and jumping to conclusions since they want to get the scoop. Just think about WHIO’s tagline: “First, Fast, and Accurate.” That shows you what their priorities are — First, then Fast, and Accurate comes in third.

I can assure you that I am not the first or the fastest, but I am accurate. So you can rest easy and believe the content of this post. This information came straight from first hand reports via texts, detailed reviews of the AES volleyball scheduling system, and a highly experienced on-site photographer. It doesn’t get much better than that.

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Gold team congratulates Blue on their victory.

The Indy Juniors Classic featured seven age groups playing at six different playing sites. Our team was one of 32 teams in the 16s Division and played their initial four team pool Saturday at a large local high school. The Blue Crew, playing great volleyball, took all three matches in two sets each to win their initial pool. That set up a challenge match Sunday morning at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, with the winner going to Gold and the loser going to Silver. As with most big tournaments, as you move up the ladder the competition gets tougher. The Sunday morning challenge match was no exception as the Blue Crew lost the initial set in overtime, 28-30. Not letting this tough set deter them, they came back to win the next two sets to take the match in three. The victory put them into the 8-team Gold playoff bracket. In the Gold quarterfinals the Crew stayed in the groove and beat a solid NIVA Crossfire team in two close sets. Their semifinal opponent was Circle City Black, a perennially tough team. The Crew won a back and forth first set in overtime, 28-26, but could not sustain the momentum and lost the next two.

Megan instructing players to read the attacker's shoulder.

Megan instructing players to read the attacker’s shoulder.

So the bottom line is the team placed 3rd out of 32 teams, losing to the eventual tournament champions in the Gold semifinals in three sets — another solid tournament performance. Although I wasn’t there to witness the live play it was nice to get some updates, follow the progress on AES, and have the below action photos to view. A special thanks goes to Linda Seitter for providing the pictures and to Brenda Remmetter for setting up all the team arrangements for the weekend.

Thoughts for the Tournament

 “Losers quit when they’re tired. Winners quit when they’ve won.”

 What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

The Block Party

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Ashley & Taylor

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Ashley & Amanda

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Danielle & Grace

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Amanda & Grace

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Amanda & Ashley

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Grace & Danielle

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Amanda

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Danielle & Ashley

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Taylor & Grace

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Taylor

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Gwen & Grace

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Ashley & Amanda

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Gwen & Grace

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The Authoritative Attack

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Grace

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Danielle

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Taylor

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Amanda

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The Pleasing Pass

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Danielle

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Sara

 

 

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Sara

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Audrey

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The Fun Stuff

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Sara, What are you doing?

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Sara explaining her move.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Two pics of Sara and Mel demoing their fine communication.

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Audrey's imposing presence as a left front attacker.

Audrey’s imposing presence as a left front attacker.

Megan hoping her correct athletic posture will rub off on the players.

Megan hoping her correct athletic posture will rub off on the players.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mel and Grace combine for the synchronized pass.

Mel and Grace combine for the synchronized pass.

I think Gwen approves.

I think Gwen approves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nice to have the coaches happy!

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Avery has the right priorities!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Well, it must have been funny!

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The crowd between cheers.

Some more spectators.

Some more spectators.

I couldn't be there in person but Sunday I wore my Indy Jrs shirt in the Keys.

I couldn’t be there in person but I wore my Indy Jrs shirt on Sunday in support.

When players get aced in practice this is what they do!

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Love those match points!

 

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Indy Juniors Classic (A peek ahead) – April 16-17

The Indiana Fairgrounds, hosting the 2016 Indy Jrs Classic.

The Indiana State Fairgrounds, site of the 2016 Indy Jrs Classic.

The Indy Juniors Classic is a large scale tournament played at six different sites. In the 16s Division there are 32 teams entered. As evidenced by the tremendous number of Sunday afternoon and evening hits on this website, a great many folks look forward to seeing/reading about the team’s tournament exploits. Unfortunately, due to another commitment I am unable to attend this tournament and will not be back in town till late the following week.

I hate to leave folks disappointed so hopefully Linda Seitter will take some pictures while I am gone and I will use them to update our blog when I return. Since that will be well after the tournament I thought I would create this post to tide you over. The below pictures are from my dream last night regarding our team’s Indy Juniors Classic performance. Unfortunately, being an engineer I only dream in black and white so the pictures are not quite up to their usual quality. It was a great tournament and the players and team responded to the challenges. You won’t want to miss it!

Thought for the Tournament

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

Gwen jumps sets middle attacker Grace as the blocker realizes she has no chance.

Gwen jumps sets quick middle attacker Grace as the blocker realizes she has no chance.

Sara extends her body to sweep up yet another opponent attack.

Sara extends her body to sweep up yet another opponent attack.

Audrey (R) uses her precise poised pleasantly perfect platform to dig a ball as Sara (M) offers advice and Amanda (L) cheers her on.

Audrey (R) uses her precise poised pleasantly perfect platform to dig a ball as Sara (M) offers advice and Amanda (L) cheers her on.

Playing Candy Crush between matches, Rachel rejoices at achieving a record high score!

Playing Candy Crush between matches, Rachel rejoices at achieving a record high score!

Cat-like Danielle quickly leaps on top of an errant overpass and six-packs a stunned libero.

Cat-like Danielle quickly leaps on top of an errant overpass and six-packs a stunned libero.

Mel about to send another one of her delicious short serves over the net as Coach Megan flashes the sign for Zone 3. Coach Kim smiles coyly, confident in Mel's ability to deliver.

Mel about to send another one of her delicious short serves over the net as Coach Megan flashes the sign for Zone 3. Coach Kim smiles coyly, confident in Mel’s ability to deliver.

Blockers Taylor (L) and Ashley (R) form a high wall and reject the onslaught from the disappointed attacker.

Blockers Taylor (L) and Ashley (R) form a high wall and reject the onslaught from the disappointed attacker.

Amanda out leaps the frustrated block and delivers a colossal combative crazy cruel king kong cross court kill.

Kmanda out leaps the frustrated block and delivers a colossal combative crazy cruel King Kong cross court kill.

Faith executes the perfect "pancake" only to have the ref rule that the ball touched the floor! Grrr.

Faith executes the perfect “pancake” only to have the ref rule that the ball touched the floor! Grrr.

Team pic celebrating the completion of an awesome tournament!

Team pic celebrating the completion of an awesome tournament!

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Miami Tournament – April 9-10

Obligatory Team Huddle Picture

Obligatory Team Huddle Picture

This tournament was a two-day 16 American Challenge with 24 teams at Miami University. Saturday started with 6 pools of 4 teams each. The top two finishers in each initial pool moved up to form 3 pools of Gold/Silver candidates. The bottom two finishers moved down to form 3 pools of Bronze/Copper candidates. From the Gold/Silver second round pools the top two teams would move up to Gold and the bottom two down to the Silver playoffs. In the case of the three Bronze/Copper pools the top two teams would move up to Bronze and the bottom two to Copper playoffs.

Going into the tournament it was hard to predict how well we might do. There were plenty of good teams entered and we were highly ranked. However, we have not been at full strength lately. For this tournament we would be without our starting setter, have an outside hitter playing on a sprained ankle, a middle hitter with back issues, have a church confirmation class for one player, a Saturday Prom dance for another, and we would need to use a defensive specialist as an outside hitter. It would have been tempting to use these items as excuses but I am reminded of an old saying: “Excuses are no good. Your enemies won’t believe them and your friends don’t need them.” So we did what good teams do, we pulled together and forged ahead. We were able to pick up a setter from our 16 White team. Thank you Anna Gilliam for spending your weekend with us.

After winning a tough 3 game match to start we won our next two matches to go 3-0 and win our initial pool. Repooling we then played our first match of the second pool late on Saturday. We started well but fell flat and lost that match, putting us in a hole to start Sunday. The new day seemed to give us some new energy as we won our next two matches, the final one in three, to give us a second place pool finish and move us into the Gold playoffs. Unfortunately, at that point we just ran out of steam, losing in the first round of the playoffs to finish 5th out of 24 teams. A coach is rarely totally satisfied so it would be wrong to say we were happy. On the other hand, we overcame a lot of obstacles and held together to make Gold. In many ways we took to heart the below Thought for the Tournament. As usually happens when you lose, you get the opportunity to ref the next match. We raided the concession stand to get enough ice to pack down some knees, ankles and backs. Given the two tough days of physical activity I am sure there will be many sound sleepers this evening.

Thought for the Tournament

The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is the way you use them.”

Defensive specialist Faith, playing right side, unloads a carefully crafted crazy cool cross court kill.

Defensive specialist Faith, playing right side, unloads a carefully crafted crazy cool cross court kill.

With the quick jab step Audrey produces a pleasing perfectly placed pass.

With the quick jab step Audrey produces a pleasing perfectly placed pass.

Amanda takes to heart the coaching mantra: Reach High, Hit High

Amanda takes to heart the coaching mantra: Jump High, Hit High

Danielle and Faith choreographing their two-man pass routine.

Danielle and Faith choreographing their two-man pass routine.

Taylor with the aggressive alert alive and accurate attack.

Taylor with the aggressive alert alive and accurate attack.

Quick middle attack by Grace with an assist by Anna.

Quick middle attack by Grace with an assist by Anna. Audrey provides coverage in the unlikely event of a block.

If the blocker has not jumped yet she is not going to block Ashley's middle attack.

If the blocker has not jumped yet she is not going to block Ashley’s middle attack.

Eyes on ball, Sara executes the pass.

Eyes on ball, Sara executes the pass.

Grace grabbing a few winks between matches.

Grace grabbing a few winks between matches.

Danielle does what is needed to get her platform on the ball.

Danielle does what is needed to get her platform on the ball.

Rachel plays a game between games.

Rachel plays a game between games.

Faith and Ashley combine for the stuff.

Faith and Ashley combine for the stuff.

Grace swings from the outside for the point.

Grace swings from the outside for the point.

Danielle with yet another one of her "two ball" attacks in the middle.

Danielle with yet another one of her “two ball” attacks in the middle.

Taylor with another super scintillating stinging sordid spike.

Taylor with a super scintillating stinging sordid spike.

Ashley with yet another timely kill in the middle, assist by Mel, Sara watching in admiration.

Ashley with another timely kill in the middle, assist by Mel, Sara watching in admiration.

Anna delivers the backset to the awaiting Taylor.

Anna delivers the backset to the awaiting Taylor.

Amanda rejects the attempted dink.

Amanda rejects the attempted dink.

Mel gives up her body to save a ball.

Mel gives up her body to save a ball.

Ashley and Taylor combine for the rejection.

Ashley and Taylor combine for the rejection.

Sara - always one to make a grand entrance!

Sara – always one to make a grand entrance!

Faith showing nice form on the left side attack.

Faith showing nice form on the left side attack.

I get the feeling this did not end well.

I don’t know, I just get the feeling this did not end well.

Audrey with the pleasingly picture perfect passing form.

Audrey with the pleasingly picture perfect passing form. Sara provides instructions.

Faith, Mel and Ashley executing the extremely rare front to back triple block.

Faith, Mel and Ashley executing the extremely rare, and rarely effective, front to back triple block.

Audrey pounds away at the back row set.

Audrey pounds away at the back row set.

Michelle captures a few pics.

Michelle captures a few pics.

The bleachers provide comfort to a sleepy, but wary Sara.

The bleachers provide comfort to a sleepy, but wary Sara.

Grace takes the quick set from Anna and hits over the late forming block.

Grace takes the quick set from Anna and hits over the late forming block.

Nice and low, Sarah executes one of her countless passes.

Nice and low, Sarah executes one of her countless passes.

The Tipp City Connection - Anna and Audrey

The Tipp City Connection – Anna and Audrey

Backset by Mel.

Backset by Mel.

Danielle pounds away at the tall trees.

Danielle pounds away at the tall trees.

Grrrr!

Grrrr!

I just love this shot. Amanda cutting the ball sharp cross court rendering the block ineffective.

I just love this shot. Amanda cutting the ball sharp cross court rendering the block ineffective.

The agony and the ecstasy of match point.

The agony and the ecstasy of match point.

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A Faith-less 16th Birthday – April 5

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Faith’s 16th

As per our tradition, we celebrate player birthdays with cupcakes after practice. This particular celebration was a little unique in that the honoree, Faith, came dressed as an empty seat. She had to miss practice due to a drivers training class. Her absence did not deter the players from celebrating and “embracing” Faith. Since we are near WPAFB the players honored her with the Air Force “Missing Man”  formation and proceeded to sing and devour the cupcakes. A Faith-less celebration, but she was there in spirit.

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Embracing the missing birthday girl.

The candle had no chance.

The candle had no chance.

And neither did the cupcakes.

And neither did the cupcakes.

 

You can dress them up but ...

You can dress them up but …

Some players cut the bottom off and make an icing sandwich.

Some players cut the bottom off and make an icing sandwich.

 

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Bluegrass Tournament – March 12-13

Courts as far as the eye can see!

Courts as far as the eye can see!

The Bluegrass Tournament is very unique in that there are 116 courts under one roof with well over 700 teams entered. There are multiple age groups (10s-18s) and various divisions (Aspire, Classic, Club, Premier, Open). Dayton Juniors had ten teams attending, almost all our Gold and Blue teams. Our team went into the tournament a little shorthanded, with the bare minimum number of attackers. Taylor, an attacker, was participating in a weekend church retreat and unavailable to play. We abided by the old adage — “You dance with who brought you.”, and did not pick up a guest player. We didn’t want to take playing time away from our players or have someone just sit on the bench waiting for an illness or injury to get in.

Our team played in the 32 team 16 Premier Division that had 8 pools of 4 teams each. We were seeded 3rd in our pool. Our first match was against Alliance VBC from Tennessee, the number one seed in our pool and the number 2 overall seed in the 16 Premier Division. Very early in the first game Danielle, a left side attacker, went down with an ankle injury. With two vertically challenged defensive specialists (Mel and Audrey) on the bench we subbed in Mel to the attacking position. The team pulled together to win that first game 25-23. Game two we were able to adjust the lineup a little and put the libero, Faith, into the attacking position and moved Mel to the libero job. We scraped and clawed our way to a match win, taking the deciding 3rd game 15-13. The second match we played Northern Kentucky Juniors Volleyball (NKJV), the number two seed in our pool. We took that match with scores of 20-25, 25-22 and 16-14. An especially satisfying win since we were behind in the deciding third game 10-13. Playing Metro Atlanta in the third match we won in two straight to win our pool with a 3-0 match record. That put us in a challenge match at 8am on Sunday with the winner going to Gold and the loser to Silver.

Vendors and Food Courts galore.

Vendors and Food Courts galore.

Sunday morning, playing Northern Alabama, we gave up a late first game lead before losing 26-28. That seemed to take the starch out of us and we could not reclaim the cohesiveness from the first day, losing the second game 17-25. Facing a Team Indiana VBC team in our second match we hung on to win the first game 27-25 but faded the remaining two and lost the match, 12-25 and 9-15. It is disappointing to not play your best at the end of a long tournament but the coaches were very proud at how the players handled the adversity of missing and injured players. Those unfortunate circumstances forced the remaining players to adapt to new positions and some unfamiliar roles. A situation they embraced with good success, putting together some very nice wins. We don’t really have a qualified medical report yet regarding Danielle but we hope she can recover in the near term and start competing again soon. Interestingly, at this tournament we played teams from Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and Indiana.

As always, tournaments are more than just what happens inside the lines. My wife always says the Spock in me looks at things in terms of plusses and minuses so here it goes: Minuses: Danielle getting injured. Massive road construction in Louisville/Southern Indiana rendering GPS useless. Miniature Pincher Dog Show attendees and pets at the hotel (Yip, Yip, Yip). A “long-in-the tooth” hotel (needing many updates) that we will not be going back to. Expo Center parking. Plusses: Gorgeous Saturday weather. Finishing play early on Saturday. An absolutely outstanding team dinner at the downtown Spaghetti Warehouse (thanks to Remmetters and Tricks for arranging). Team serenading Linda Seitter at the restaurant on her birthday. A great volleyball venue with 116 courts and lots of vendors and food courts. Linda Seitter stepping in to take tournament pictures in my wife’s absence. Very supportive parents.

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Pink Floyd T-Shirt

One parting thought. I am not sure what this portends for the future of society but I wore the shirt on the left to dinner on Saturday, a tongue-in-cheek play on the band Pink Floyd and Floyd, the barber on the Andy Griffith Show. Unfortunately none of the players on the team understood the t-shirt. They had no knowledge of Floyd the barber, although a couple players alluded to having heard of the Andy Griffith Show. Even more shocking is that head coach Megan and assistant coach Kim were clueless too. My whole life’s moral compass is based on the Andy Griffith Show and the way Andy interacted with and treated his son Opie, deputy Barney, and the townspeople including Floyd the barber. I am not sure the world is going to be a better place without this knowledge.

 

Thought for the Tournament

 “A diamond is a piece of coal that stuck to the job.”

Just like in volleyball we will start the pictures off with a pass. Courtesy of Audrey.

Just like in volleyball we will start the pictures off with a pass. Courtesy of Audrey.

Grace (L) and Faith (R) form the block.

Grace (L) and Faith (R) form the block.

Coach Megan and the players are happy with this point.

Coach Megan and the players are happy with this point.

Yikes! Danielle sidelined with a bad ankle.

Yikes! Danielle sidelined with a bad ankle.

Sara pounds away from the right side.

Sara pounds away from the right side.

Ashley (L) and Gwen (R) form the wall as Grace is prepared for the dink.

Ashley (L) and Gwen (R) form the wall as Grace (2) is prepared for anything that makes it thru.

Amanda with the hard to handle heavenly harsh and heavy hit.

Amanda with the hard to handle heavenly harsh and heavy hit.

Avery appears to be more interested in the action on the court than her bottle.

Avery Grace appears more interested in the action on the court than her bottle.

Faith with the

Faith with a big hairy serve.

Grace (L) and Danielle (R) shut down the right side attack.

Grace (L) and Danielle (R) shut down the right side attack.

Grace and setter Gwen connect on the middle hit.

Grace and setter Gwen connect on the middle hit.

Ashley blocks for the point.

Ashley blocks for the point as Amanda (L) and Gwen (R) turn and drop.

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Evidently both the players and the coach have a difference of opinion with the referee.

A sparkling spectacular stinging sharp sweet sideout by Sara.

A sparkling spectacular stinging sharp sweet sideout by Sara as Ashley provides the coverage.

Coach Kim provides the transportation for Danielle as the team switches sides.

Coach Kim provides the transportation for Danielle as the team switches sides.

All six players expressing their thoughts about the previous point.

All six players expressing their thoughts about the previous point.

Linda Seitter enjoys her birthday dessert.

Linda Seitter enjoys her birthday dessert.

Players and parents serenade Linda with the birthday song.

Players and parents serenade Linda with the birthday song.

Half the team patiently awaits their food order.

Half the team patiently awaits their food order.

And so does the other half of the team.

And so does the other half of the team.

Grace's ominous ornery obnoxious outrageous serve.

Grace’s ominous ornery obnoxious outrageous serve.

Ashley (L) and Sara (R) go up in tandem.

Ashley (L) and Sara (R) go up in tandem.

Grace is pleased with her attack!

I think Grace is pleased with her attack!

A pre-dinner stop in the downtown district.

A pre-dinner stop in the downtown district.

Amanda (L) and Ashley (R) combine to reject the attack.

Amanda (L) and Ashley (R) combine to reject the attack.

Mel, Ash, Kim, Horse

Mel, Ash, Kim, Horse

Amanda (L) and Grace (R) form a bodatious block.

Amanda (L) and Grace (R) form a bodatious block.

Grace pounds one high off the tall block.

Grace pounds one high off the tall block.

Mel tries to decide which ball to set.

Mel tries to decide which ball to set.

Pretty bright and cheery after a day of volleyball.

Pretty bright and cheery after a day of volleyball.

Audrey and Mel

Audrey and Mel

We lose an hour tonight?

We lose an hour tonight?

A not so Blue Crew!

A not so Blue Crew!

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