Alvin Tournament (recap)

posted Sep 16, 2014, 12:58 PM by Bellaire Volleyball   [ updated Jan 25, 2015, 2:27 PM ]
Coming off an emotional victory over rival Lamar, the freshmen Cardinals got off to a slow start the next morning at the Alvin Tournament.  Bellaire’s freshmen were seeded into the tournament’s more competitive Orange Division where more skilled freshmen teams compete against JV squads.

First up was Manvel's JV team.  Coach Tomlinson said “we beat ourselves in game one, although Codi Fillmore and Annika Bohmann had some big kills in game two.”  After dropping the first set 8-25. the lady Cardinals turned it around by taking the second set 25-15. 

The next opponent was a very good Clear Creek freshman team.  When asked about the Clear Creek competition, Coach Tomlinson said; “it seemed that we are still not morning people.”  “We started off slow in the first set by giving them points due to our silly mistakes and miscommunication on the court; but, we played them tough in game two.”  Clear Creek took the both sets (10-25, 19-25).   In the second set against Clear Creek, Aryel Odomes, Sharea Washington, and Chelluh McGill ran the blocking show.  Codi Fillmore and Aryel Odomes came through with a couple of kills apiece.

After a three and a half hour lunch break, the freshmen Cardinals were ready to begin bracket play against Rayburn High School's JV team.  The Cardinals took the Rayburn JV to three games behind the strong serving of Sydney Sizemore, Erin Eby, Rein Dolarmente, and Nadia Rasheed with Annika Bohmann and Toni Lott leading the kill count.  After dropping the first set 21-25, the Cardinals took the second set 25-21; but, conceded in the tie-breaker 7-15.  “We didn't have quite enough fight left in us to pull out this match.” Coach Timlinson said. 

When asked about the day’s performance, Coach Tomlinson said; “We never seemed to gel as a team throughout the entire day's tournament.”  “Hopefully a full week of rest and tough practices will get us ready for this week's upcoming games and tournament!”

On Saturday, Bellaire's JV team also competed in the Alvin tournament. 

The Cardinals dispatched Dickenson in their first contest 25-21, 25-18.  Lilly Kirkland had 4 kills and 6 digs, Kate Salsky and McKenna Compton added 4 kills and Makenli Raspberry added 3 kills. The setters did a great job moving the ball around with Rachel Nolte leading in assists with 11 and Libby Lorenz contributing with 10.  Henna Calderon led the defense with 11 digs.  In the second pool match, it took three sets to upend the host school Alvin (25-20, 20-25, 15-13).  After the win, Coach Martin said: "The girls fought hard in this match."  Lilly Kirkland kept her heavy arm swing leading the team with 9 kills; while Mary Lenz, Makenli Raspberry and McKenna Compton added 3 kills each.  The defensive leaders were Henna Calderon and Rachel Nolte with 5 digs each, followed by Gianna Haskins with 4 digs. The assist leaders were Libby Lorenz 13 and Rachel Nolte with 12.

After winning their pool, the JV Lady Cardinals began bracket play against Pearland.  With the emotional win at Lamar the night before and the early morning start, the Cardinals began to feel fatigued.  The Bellaire JV squad yielded their bracket match to a very good Pearland team in two sets (4-25, 12-25).  When asked about the lost, Coach Martin said: "We lost to a very tough team where we just ran out of gas."

Coach Martin went on to say; "overall the girls came together for the tournament and played great!! I am very proud of them and I think we are really starting to gel as a team!"