Saturday morning we left the house at 7:15 a.m. to drive to West Point for Erica's first club volleyball tournament of the fall. She has tournaments for the next 6 weekends, I think.
Norfolk Catholic has enough 5 Graders signed up for club volleyball to field two teams some weekends. This weekend each team played with six girls which meant everyone was tired by the end.
Erica is on Norfolk Catholic Red and their first game was at 8:30 a.m. They played three games in a row in pool play and then had a break before tournament play started. In pool play, the girls played West Point Guardian Angel Central Catholic, West Point-Beemer, and Norfolk Lutheran Black.
In pool play, each game was two sets to 15 points. Each game the girls hung tough and kept the sets close. For their first tournament, we thought they played pretty well. Some of the girls playing have never played before so it is a learning experience at the same time as a game experience.
The tournament was best 2 out of 3 sets to 21 points and the 3rd set, if needed, to 15 points. Norfolk Catholic Red ended up playing Norfolk Catholic Black in the tournament for the first game with the Black Team winning. But, it was a close 3 sets.
Next weekend, Erica's club volleyball tournament is in Laurel and Cara's 7th Grade tournament is in Wisner. Mom and Dad will be splitting up for the games. Ashlin and Justin did not go this last weekend instead they went to Grandma and Grandpa Korth's house. They had already spent time in the gym earlier in the week for two of Cara's games and they did not want to sit in the gym all day on Saturday.
Cara and Charli led the Norfolk Catholic crowd in a cheer while watching their 5th Grade sisters play volleyball. We were definitely the loudest crowd of parents, but we sure had fun!
On a side note, Cara played Christ Lutheran this last Monday and lost in straight sets. The girls played the worst games of their lives. It was just awful to watch. But on Tuesday, they played Norfolk Public in A & B matches. The A team lost in three sets and the B team lost in two sets. They played much better on Tuesday and kept the sets close. They need to get a few more serves in play and to fight a little harder for the win.
Yes, volleyball is consuming our lives right now! Keith and I both know that we need to invest in some good bleacher chairs if we are going to survive sitting in a gym three times a week. But, we are having fun watching them play and grow in a sport that they love to play.