The best high school volleyball team is the St. Francis Lancers from Mountain View, California. Coached by Ms. Leahi Hall this team is ranked No. 1 in the state of California as well as the Nation. Their overall stats are 35-5-0 and their league stats are 6-0-0. They have an outstanding record. St. Francis is a Catholic College Preparatory School with some amazing athletes. The school’s motto is Educating Hearts and Minds in the Holy Cross Tradition. My friend Jason attended a Catholic Church and invited me to go with him. (more…)
High school volleyball is a fall sport, but in order to succeed it will require a year round effort. Great players aren’t made on the first day of practice, rather are primed and ready long before the first serve. So what should you be doing to keep in top form during the “down” months?First things first, relax There’s no shame in taking a little time off to recuperate. After all, the season should be exerting and you will need time to settle down, both physically and mentally, no matter whether your team walked away with the State Championship or came up short. Just be sure your time off doesn’t include any activity that will negatively impact your mind or body.Enjoy Other Sports Succeeding at volleyball doesn’t necessarily pigeonhole you as a one-sport athlete. Whether basketball, softball or lacrosse, adding another sport will help to not only keep you in shape but keep the competitive juices flowing, while maintaining hand eye coordination. Not to mention, practice and game schedules will help to distract you from the off-season temptations of letting your relaxation period extend well beyond advisableCircuit Training It is important that your exercise regimen resembles the pace of a volleyball game in order to prepare appropriately. As a result, long periods of continuous, endurance exercise, though very beneficial for your overall health, will not be nearly as beneficial for volleyball purposes. Circuit training consists of set periods of high energy expenditure, whether resistance or aerobic training, followed by short breaks, setting up similar to a volleyball match, where there are brief periods of standing around and breath-catching in between points.
Another exciting volleyball season has come to pass in the Georgia High School ranks, finishing with several familiar faces in the top spot, adding trophies to already well adorned cases. Here’s a brief look at how each school took home state honors across the classifications, and the road taken to get there:AAAAA Walton: Running a 42-7 cumulative record, Walton not only entered the postseason as the odds on favorite to walk away with AAAA bragging rights, but encountered little opposition on their way to a title. Sweeping their way past Alpharetta, Kennesaw Moutain, Collins Hill, Lassiter, all in succession, Walton didn’t stumble heading into their state championship matchup against Northview. The second game of their final match would mark the only blemish on Walton’s postseason record, a narrow 25-27 tiebreak loss. Still, winning the 1st, 3rd and 4th games by margins of 25-20, 25-21, 25-1, respectively, Walton overcame their first true test on its way to the AAAA crown.AAAA Pope: Though in years past Pope and Walton have had to duke it out for state titles, with Pope at AAAA this season, the path was clear for both programs to end the season on top. Pope followed up last year’s AAAAA win by cruising to victory at the AAAA level, a demotion that obviously doesn’t correspond with talent level, as Pope has shown the school can hang with the best competition the state has to offer. Like Walton, Pope did truly face a challenge on the scoreboard until their state championship matchup against Chattahoochee. Holding on in a tight first game that pushed the 30-point barrier, Pope secured victory by a score of 30-28, 25-23, 15-25, 25-21. (more…)
Technically a playoff will decide the final fates of AA/A volleyball squads, but no matter the set-up if seems as if only two teams have emerged as the elite class of the 2010 high school volleyball season. If brackets allow it, look for a Blessed Trinity vs. Athens Academy finals to decide the state championship, as few other teams have displayed similar levels of dominance or consistency.Blessed Trinity currently sits at 52-7, not only racking up an unsurpassed win total in any class of play, but losing one game to Georgia schools within the AA/A ranks. Woodward Academy, a AAA powerhouse defeated the Titans twice, while AAAA juggernauts Pope and Chattahoochee also got the better of Blessed Trinity, one time a piece. Two of the remaining three losses, came from out of state foes, in the form of Independence, TN and Dobyns Bennett, TN. Not to say the Titans haven’t held their own in out of division competition, posting an impressive wins against AAAAA power Walton and winning one back against Chattahoochee and Dobyns Bennett to split each series. The sole loss in AA/A came to Wesleyan, who has shown bright spots throughout a disappointing campaign, though only disappointing by Wesleyan’s standard of excellence. (more…)
Yes, Pope is beatable, but only by the narrowest of margins. Through 50 matches this season, Pope High School has run their volleyball record to an astounding 49-1, still unbeaten in contests among fellow 1-AAAA competition. Last year at the 1-AAAAA level, Pope took home the state championship, running their record to 52-2 along the way. Mary Hoey, Gatorade’s 2009 Georgia Player of the Year, leads the squad as she looks to continue her storied high school volleyball career and extend the success of one of the most prolific classes the sport has ever seen. The one stumble this season came at the hands of Walton, defeating the Greyhounds after a comeback bid fell just short in the 5th set. Pope and Walton are familiar foes at this point, with Pope besting Walton a year ago in the 1-AAAA finals. It should be noted Walton also defeated Pope in their only 2 losses of 2009, with Pope winning 3 of 5 in year’s total matchups, including the State Championship Match. In Fact, the last time a Pope team lost to a non-Walton opponent was November 1, 2008, losing 1-3 to Northview in the AAAAA State Tournament. This year, now in different divisions, Pope faced Walton only twice, splitting the series. (more…)
Sometimes the stars align with milestones for both team and coach. So was the case when the Woodward War Eagles defeated Sandy Creek in the 1-AAA area volleyball championship, securing the title for the players and coach Tad Sahara’s 300th win as Woodward head coach.For the season the War Eagles have compiled a record of 49-10, led by 1st Team All-Area selection Zoey Morton and fellow standouts Kelsey Eastman, Maddy Gordon, Courtney Turner, Jordana Klein, Sydney Cooper, Lexie Norfleet and Syndey Morton. Morton led the charge against Sandy Creek, totaling 39 kills over the course of 3 matches, vanquishing any chance Sandy Creek had at hoisting the state trophy along the way. Woodward won the first contest 25-22 before dropping the second match 22-25. In the final frame Woodward survived another 25-22 score to claim the area.Woodward handily defeated McNair and Washington high schools to advance to the final round of competition. Sandy Creek offered no small challenge, having last year advanced to the 1-AAAA semifinals before being realigned to the smaller 1-AAA class. (more…)