So anyway, Brailey's school was put with the girls from Coburg, so we had eleven girls in all. The pro to this situation was a great gym to practice in close to home for us and the girls being able to scrimmage. The fly in the ointment was that there were too many girls, so they didn't get the same playing time as other teams who only had 5/6/7 girls on their teams. They also didn't play together enough to really get a rhythm down with each other - chemistry, you know? We had a lot of girls that were playing for the very first time, also, so a mixed bag of experience. However, they all learned a lot, and I learned a lot, and now I have the coaching bug!
Due to our large team and the level of experience, we lost every single game we played all season, except for a team who didn't have enough girls show up and so we gave them some of ours. This past Friday night (Brailey is outside the gym ready to roll) and Saturday, though, they really started "getting it," which was great, because we had a tournament. They won two of their four games in pool play, which thrilled everyone - parents, coaches and the girls! We then had a championship match for the consolation prize, and they won that, as well! So it was a great note to end the season on, and I think they all felt good about themselves and had fun. We called ourselves "Double Trouble," to represent the two schools. I can't wait for next year to see what the volleyball season will bring. I wish we had one more week with them, because they were just coming alive, but it is a bad time of year to be fitting sports into, also. What can we say? There's always next year!