August 19, 2009 > Girls Volleyball teams set to take the court
Girls Volleyball teams set to take the court
By Biff Jones and Jeff Weisinger
Fall is the season for girl's volleyball of the Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL). James Logan of Union City, Newark Memorial and Fremont high schools American, Irvington, Kennedy, Mission San Jose and Washington comprise the MVAL.
As the 2009-10 high school year is rapidly approaching, the girls volleyball teams around the MVAL are getting ready for a run at a championship.
The Logan Colts enter the 2009 season after finishing 14-5 in 2008. The Colts started strong, despite losing the opener to Moreau Catholic, 2-3, in five sets. After losing to the Mariners, Logan went on a six game win streak, including three-match sweeps against American, Kennedy and Washington High School. The Colts also made it to the playoffs, starting strong with a 3-1 win over Irvington, however we're knocked out almost immediately after back-to-back losses to Mission San Jose and Liberty High School. Logan kicks off the 2009 campaign when they host the College Park Falcons on September 8.
The story for both Newark Memorial and American High School is completely different from Logan. Instead of trying to make another run at the playoffs in 2009, the Cougars and the Eagles are looking to simply make a run at the playoffs.
The Newark Memorial Cougars finished 2008 with another losing record, this time going a recorded 7-12. The Cougars would finish the season over .500, defeating Kennedy and Washington in back-to-back games in mid-October, however ended the season on a five-game losing streak.
American High is just looking to get better in 2009. A dismal 5-15 record in 2008 was all the Eagles could put up in the win-loss column, however American's bad start, highlighted by a 10-game losing streak, would be overlooked after the Eagles finished the season winning four of their last five games, including victories over Kennedy and Newark Memorial in the end of the season.
Defending MVAL Girl's Volleyball Champions, Mission San Jose, returns all of its players from 2008 as no seniors were on that team. According to Head Coach Donny Hui, "I expect it to be even more difficult to get the league title because many girls from other teams played organized volleyball during the off season, and only a few from the MSJ varsity team did."
Coach Hui still believes MSJ has a good chance of repeating and winning the MVAL again in 2009. To prepare the team for league play, Hui has scheduled a long preseason to try and eliminate most of their mistakes and use those mistakes as a learning process.
First MVAL game for MSJ is at Irvington on September 15 and first league home game is September 17 against Kennedy.
Washington will have a nine players returning to the team in 2009. According to Head Coach Ashley Eyre, five of those players saw ample playing time last season and will bring needed experience to the court.
WHS lost their starting middle, outside hitter, and three year varsity libero Amanda Richards. Coach Eyre says the girls will have some big shoes to fill but she expects them to rise to the occasion.
Returning seniors are Kellie Ishisaki, Cody Bates, Kori Guerra, Kaylee Miu, Megan O'Connor and Julia Bartola. Other varsity players coming back in 2009 are Franchesca Santeramo, Jenelle Serex and Kelsey Harrington. These girls will bring experience to the setting and middle positions according to Eyre, as she expects to switch players around this season.
No information on Irvington nor J.F.K.'s volleyball was received by press time.