Tahoma Bears Volleyball: Lady Bears News

Tuesday, September 4
Bears start off 2012 with a sweep

2012 starts off with a sweep.  All three teams win their matches.  Varsity takes Bonney Lake in 4 games.  The Varsity Girls got their nerves out on the first game with a loss, then came back to take the next three games.  There are some shining stars blooming this year.  Come out to see the Bears battle Spannaway Lake at home Wednesday night 9/5 @ 6 (C/Jv) 7:30 varsity.



STATE
Monday, November 21
Voice Of The Valley Article- Missy Minor
By Missy Minor

 Early in the school day on Friday, November 4, the Tahoma Bears Varsity Volleyball team traveled to Kentwood to compete in the WCD 4A volleyball tournament. The day started off with a match against long-time rivals, the Kentridge Chargers. The gymnasium was ringing with deafening cheers and chants from students and parents of the many different schools competing in the tournament.

Going into the tournament, players Megan Smith (11) and Taylor LaFranchi (7) commented that on the team’s hard work and effort put in that season. “We’ve worked so hard to prepare for this. I think we all feel confident that we can win.” Smith explained. “We can do anything as a team if we just go in thinking that.” LaFranchi then added, “We are all still nervous though! But, we need to all be positive and focused going into these games.”

In the first game, the Bears faced strong attacks by the Chargers, but followed up with tips over the net by Kylie Eager (15) and Miranda Grieser (1). Hits by Smith helped keep the Bears in the lead, and a spike by Rachelle Frets (2), set up by Grieser, finished the game for the Bears, final score 18-25. In game two, hits by LaFranchi and Frets gave Tahoma a solid lead. However, Kentridge came back with hard and fast attacks, and, despite ace serves by Smith and a terrific tip over the net by Danielle Agoh (13), Kentridge claimed the victory, 25-27. Game three displayed great blocks by Agoh, Frets, and Smith, as well as an outstanding attack by Frets to put the Bears in the lead at 8-15. The lady Bears continued the precise playing and beat the Chargers, 25-17. In the final game, Frets owned the kills, slamming it down onto the Chargers side of the court to help give the Bears an unyielding lead. Attacks by LaFranchi and Agoh, as well a tricky tip over the net by Grieser led the Bears to a victory of 25-20. The Bears claimed overall victory of the match, winning three of the four games.

STATE TOURNAMENT

The Bears’ performance in the district tournament earned them a spot in the State Championships two weekends ago on November 11 in Olympia. The Tahoma Bears’ first competitor of the day was Mead High school from Spokane, WA, the #1 team in state. Tension was high in the pavilion as the girls took their spots on the court for game one. Little did they know going into the game that they would be the only team to play all 5 games against Mead High School.

In Game one, Mead started off strong with hard attacks, but Tahoma answered with kills by Frets and Smith and solid blocks by Agoh. A tip by Eager after a long rally provided Tahoma with another point; however, Mead kept the lead, 18-12. Two more outstanding hits by Frets and a block by Agoh helped the bears climb up 16 points, but Mead took the win, 25-16.

With continued focus, the girls dove into game two fearlessly. Amber Thompson (3) provided Tahoma with consistent, solid serves, and Frets continued with nearly perfect attacks. Smith and Agoh took on the net together, blocking what seemed to be everything that came their way. Tahoma found themselves in a well-deserved lead, 14-7. Tahoma’s determined playing began to break down Mead, and it showed when Mead hit the ball out of bounds in two different plays and were unable to block attacks by Frets. Mead hit it out of bounds for a third time, giving the win to Tahoma, final score 25-22.

In game three, The Bears carried on their determined attitude, attacking the ball and staying tight on the net for blocks. Grieser’s precise serves earned Tahoma an early lead, 4-2. A short, quick set by Grieser and a powerful attack by Agoh made the Tahoma fans go wild, and an attack by Michaela Pannone (9) shortly after kept them cheering. Mead tried to kill the ball several times but was stopped unmercifully by Agoh and Eager, who did not let anything by them without a fight. The Bears won the third game, 25-21.

The focus on the court was suddenly intensified more so than it had been when game four began. Mead stepped it up with intense spikes, leading 15-4. Frets showed skill on the net, blocking Mead’s attempts at a kill. Hits by Smith and Frets kept Tahoma close in the game, but Mead gained a larger lead and won the game 25-13.

In the final game, Smith started things off with an attack and a block on the net, sending Mead a message: That Tahoma was not about to step down. With loud support from the parents and fans, Tahoma continued on valiantly. Thompson continued her ace serves, and Frets got another kill. The bears kept focused and showed amazing teamwork, but they ended up losing the final game, 9-15.

As the girls cleared the court with a feeling of defeat, the parents, fans, and coaches were there to remind them that they had played an incredible game against a tough team, taking them to game 5. The Bears performed outstandingly and had a reason to hold their heads high as they walked off the court. Tahoma High School and Maple Valley are pleased to have had this opportunity for our volleyball team to make it to State and play such an inspiring game. Well done, Lady Bears!



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Gonzaga Team Camp
Wednesday, June 1
Tahoma Lady Bears Varsity Volleyball to attend Gonzaga University Team Camp
The Tahoma Lady Bears Varsity Team will be attending Gonzaga University's Team Camp on July 11-14.  The girls will need to leave on Sunday, July 10th.  This is the first year Coach Eager has decided to try this camp based on all the positive feedback she has heard.  If all works out as anticipated, she may be taking 2 or 3 teams in the years to come.

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