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La Vernia seventh-grade volleyball team wins in Poth

La Vernia seventh-grade  volleyball team wins in Poth
The La Vernia Junior High School Lady Bear seventh-grade “A” volleyball team celebrates its first-place finish at the Poth Tournament Oct. 1.

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October 12, 2011
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POTH -- On Saturday, Oct. 1, the La Vernia Junior High School seventh-grade “A” volleyball team was invited to the Poth Tournament.

To start off the day, the Lady Bears played against Poth’s “B” team, and defeated it 25-14 and 25-10. Anais LaHue and Morgan Burns played aggressively at the net to earn two kills apiece.

Next up was Natalia. Natalia had some tall competitors that served the ball really hard. With great teamwork, though, La Vernia won 25-22 and 25-17. Kira Glazener had several amazing serves to help bring the Lady Bears back from a 17-7 score. She served 15 serves in a row, and gave La Vernia back its lead to win the game.

“The team did a great job keeping the ball in our favor,” said Coach Erin Uribe. “Kayla Homeyer, the libero, had eight perfect passes against Natalia, and Bianca Velez did a great job setting the ball to our middle hitter Paige Stuart, who had four kills.”

To end pool play, La Vernia competed against Navarro, and the Lady Panthers were the toughest team yet, forcing the Lady Bears to go into a third game. La Vernia won the first game 25-21, lost the second game in heartbreaking fashion, 25-27, and then finished Navarro off in the third game 26-24.

Hayli Verrips did a great job moving along the net and being aggressive, making sure she did everything she could to hit the ball over. Jazmine De La Torre gave four great sets to front-row hitters Rachel Phillips and Kylie Northam. Winning against all three teams put La Vernia in first place in its pool-play bracket.

The Lady Bears then had to play Poth’s “A” team for the tournament title. Even though the girls were in different positions, they played amazingly. There were several great passes, sets, and hits. Jordan Luensmann, the newest setter on the team, did a fantastic job moving the ball around. Peyton Ford and Meredith Barnes were playing middle back and really controlled the pace of the games with their passes. La Vernia won the first game 25-14, and won the second game in a nerve-wracking 25-23 affair.

After a long day, the Lady Bears ended up winning first-place honors against a pool of eight other schools. The girls all did such an amazing job in that last game against Poth that it made the whole tournament worthwhile. Congratulations, Lady Bears, on a fantastic tournament! The wins kept La Vernia undefeated, with a season record of 9-0.

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