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September 25, 2012 > Logan JV Girls' Volleyball wins Logan Invitational

Logan JV Girls' Volleyball wins Logan Invitational

Submitted By Coach Steve Burmaster

The Logan Colts JV girls' volleyball team finished first in pool play with a 3-0 record (6-0 in games) earning the number one seed in the championship bracket of the inaugural Logan Invitational tournament.

In the semi-finals, the Colts defeated Impact Academy (Hayward) in 25-13, and 25-15 to advance to the championship game. The championship match featured two MVAL teams squaring off: number one seeded Logan versus number two seeded Washington (who had defeated El Cerrito 25-17, 20-25, and 15-4 in their semi-final match).

Both of the games were very close, but Logan pulled away near the end of the game each time to win 25-17 and 25-22 and claim the championship,

Coach Matt Guzman, Logan boys' volleyball alumnus, coached the team to an undefeated match record of 5-0 on the road to their championship. Along the way, the Colts did not drop a game, finishing with a 10-0 game record.

In the first week of MVAL play, Logan lost to Newark Memorial on Thursday, by the score of 23-25, 25-21, 12-25, and 21-25. Newark Memorial played outstanding throughout the match using good defense, solid hitter coverage, tough serving, and a well-run offensive attack to keep the Colts off balance.

Coach Burmaster's commented, "We learned a lot about ourselves and the areas we need to improve on in order to put ourselves in a position to win against good teams. Newark Memorial is a good team and so are we; we just need to fix a few things. We have the ability, the desire, and the enthusiasm - so, we can do this!"

In the first game, the Colts traded points back and forth with Newark. After an apparent block from Logan (the ball never crossed the net) to tie the game at 22, Newark Memorial called timeout, and the score was changed to 21-23 due to a net violation on a Colts player. The play not only changed the momentum, it also changed the score at a very crucial point in the game. Still the Colts fought back to tie the game at 23-23 before dropping it 23-25.

In game two, the Colts pulled ahead with numerous multiple-point leads only to see Newark Memorial fight back to tie the game. Ultimately, the Colts were able to close it out and get the 25-21 win.

It was all Newark Memorial in Game 3 due to tough serving that forced lots of Colts' serve-receive error, putting the Colts on the defensive time and time again. Despite a strong effort to make digs and keep the ball in play, the Colts had very few offensive opportunities to take swings.

Despite starting out in a hole in Game 4 due to poor passing, the Colts fought back to tie the game multiple times, but were unable to take the lead. Missed serves hurt the Colts as they tried to get the momentum going after Newark had made several multiple point runs.

Stats for Newark: Brown 24 kills, 29 digs, 2 blocks; Ward 10 kills, 6 blocks; Hadfield 35 assists, 6 aces.

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