Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Lady Stars Volleyball

No posts in a few days because we have been busy with volleyball!  We travelled to Winston Salem for the NCHE State Championship games!  Girls volleyball and boys soccer were both being played over the week-end.  For our family, it was a girl's week-end.  Rebecca and I went up with friends on Thur night.  We had some free time in the hotel which was a great time for playing games with friends.

We were up early the next morning for breakfast and then headed out for games.  The JV and Middle School teams were playing in 2 different locations so we were able to be at most of the other teams games.  On the first day of play, it was double elimination within our division.  We had 5 teams in the East Division. 

The girls had time to warm up and hear from their coaches. 

They played the first game and won!  The second game was against their toughest rival.  They were the number one seed - and we were the number two seed.  We weren't expected to win and had not been able to beat them in the regular season. 

It was such an exciting game!!!  Each team won a set so it came down the the third set.  The Lady Stars played so hard and in the end ... they WON!!!  I don't think I can convey the joy on the parts of the team, coaches and families.  It was by far the most exciting game yet of the season!  Can you see it in their faces?  Oh, they won 26-24!

Since we played both of our games early, we were able to travel to the other site and cheer for the Middle School team.  It was also a thrilling match won by the same score as the previous JV game!  So, both teams advanced to the next day of play as the number one seed.  They are also both East Division Champions!  Way to go Lady Stars!

To celebrate, we went to have a team meal together at the Wake Forest cafeteria.  (We were playing on their campus.)  It was an all you can eat feast!  Due to it being Fall Break, we pretty much had the place to ourselves.  We enjoyed the food and also the social time.

The final day of games, we were all at the same location.  Unfortunately, both of our games were at the same time!  This time we were facing teams from the West Division.  These were teams we had not played against. 

The JV won their game in two sets and went to cheer for the Middle School team.  The MS girls played so well, but weren't able to hold off their opponents in the third set.  They played so well and we are proud of them!  (I"m sorry I have no pictures!)

We had a few hours to wait until the final game.

We headed back to the hotel to check out, pack and eat lunch.  Then it was time for the Championship game.  We were not expected to be here.  We are so proud of the girls and all of their hard work.  Unfortunately, they were not able to win the last game.  They did receive a trophy for second place!

Way to go Lady Stars!!!  Great job!!!

We celebrated a wonderful season tonight with a dessert and appetizer banquet.  Some of us arrived early to decorate the room to be fun and festive.

Lots of wonderful foods - and some in team spirit!

The girls dressed up for this event.  Aren't they beautiful!

The Middle School team.

The JV team.

All of the Lady Stars!

Each girl was presented an award.  The coaches shared about each player and what she had contributed to the team.  Rebecca earned the Most Improved Award.  She was the only girl on her team with no volleyball experience.   I'm proud of you Rebecca!

Now the season is over.  We will gain back many hours in our week, but will miss seeing our friends on the team.  We are looking forward to the clinics that will be coming in the winter - and also looking forward again to next season!