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Rebels Win Own Tournament By Marcia Koester

October 1, 2010
Northern-Sun Print
What another great day for the Rebel Volleyball Team! On Saturday the Rebels hosted their own tournament and took home the first place medals. You would have never known the girls would win the tournament by the different injuries that have happened in the last week and on Saturday. We have 12 girls dressed for varsity right now and two girls were not able to play on Saturday as Steph had surgery last week and Carrie was out with a bicep injury. As we were warming up Rachael gets hit in the head with a ball and has an instant headache, so she is not able to play the first two matches. Kristen Tessau came in and did a nice job in an unfamiliar position. At that time, we decided we needed to call two people to have players on the bench. So Taylor Flamme and Brooke Boyle suited up as soon as they could. Thank goodness we did as Shannon went out with an ankle injury and Brooke took her sister’s spot to finish the game. With all that said let me fill you in on the rest of the day. Last Saturday we started out slow, but the girls were not going to have any of that today. We warmed up on fire and we played on fire. Our first opponent was NU High and we beat them in two with scores of 21-7 and 21-11. We then went on to play GMG and beat them 21-6 and 21-2. Now the true test was to come with Class 1A No. 7 Janesville. We lost the first game 9-21 as they have one really good hitter who scored the majority of the points, as we didn’t block her well. The second game we came out with a rotation change and much better blocking and won 21-7. Then it was a hard fought battle in game three with the score close the whole game. The girls did a great job keeping their confidence and winning the third game 15-11. Again this week they did not give up after being down a game and fought to the end to win. The Rebels came out of pool play first into the championship bracket. The first match of pool play was against BCLUW. The girls did a nice job of playing defense and mixing up the offense. We beat the Comets in two with scores of 25-17 and 25-19. It was in this match that we lost Shannon for the day, but Brooke stepped in and did a nice job for never practicing with the varsity. At the very end of the second game Jill hurt her leg. So now we are in the championship game and move Emily D to middle hitter, Rachael will play outside hitter and Jill has a sore leg. Emily D. and Rachael stepped up and were team players when asked to adjust. Jill showed guts by playing with an injured leg, so the team could win. Our goal for the day was to be in the championship game against Class 2A No. 10 D-NH and that is exactly what happened. We were not expecting injuries, but the mental toughness these girls showed during adversity was phenomenal! I could not be prouder of this team, as it took everyone to win this tournament. We won the first game 25-19, but the second game we would like to erase from our memory as we lost 7-25. These girls have heart and they were not going to let D-NH take the third game. They went on the floor and never let D-NH lead after the first point. They won the third game 15-7. I can not remember a G-R team beating D-NH, so this will be remembered for a long time. Jenna and Emily S lead with 24 kills a piece, Shannon had 23 (without playing 4 games) and Emily D. had 21. Jill dished out 94 assists. Erin had 21 digs, Addi 16, Emily S. 14 and Rachael 12. Shannon had 10 blocks to lead the team and Jenna and Emily S. had 6 a piece. Jill did a great job of serving as she went 50-54 with 12 aces, Addi was 42-42 with 6 aces and Emily D. was 37-38 with 2 aces. Next up for the Rebels is a conference game at home against BCLUW Tuesday night. Then the varsity team on Saturday travels to Boone to face Class 4A No. 1 Ankeny, Forest City and Winterset in pool play. On Tuesday, September 28th we will be home again playing West Marshall in conference play. Even if you have never come to a volleyball match, now is the time to see these girls play as they are exciting to watch. The girls have started the season with an overall record of 11-2 and a conference record of 2-0. Congratulations girls on another great performance Saturday!

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