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Goldendale U12 club volleyball team finishes season strong while U16 has a few competitions remaining

 

March 14, 2018

Photo courtesy Jodi Bellamy

The Goldendale U12 club volleyball team finished its season strong at the Northwest Jamboree in Yakima on Saturday and Sunday. Top row from left: coach Jenn Bomberger, Brook Blain, Lexi Molnar, Taryn Rising, Cara White, and coach Jodi Bellamy. Middle row from left: Juliette Arness, Jewlia Siglin, Jeanne Brown, and Zionah Dobiash. Bottom row from left: Addi Bomberger and Emily Tindall. Not pictured is BryLee Mulroney.

The Goldendale U12 club volleyball team closed out its season over the weekend at the Northwest Jamboree in Yakima, winning three straight games Sunday afternoon to capture the title in the silver bracket.

After five pool-play matchups throughout Saturday and Sunday morning, the team played well enough to reach the eight-team silver bracket where they ran off three straight wins to capture the bracket title.

When each team concluded its pool play games, they were split into three brackets, gold, silver, and bronze, based on how they fared throughout pool play.

Although the Goldendale U12 team missed making the gold bracket, coach Jodi Bellamy said the team played a handful of tough, three-set games against teams that later advanced to the gold bracket.

They faced a couple of teams with really good serving, and one girl served for 14 straight points in one of the contests. Serving, Bellamy said, is one of the biggest factors for girls playing at the U12 level.

Saturday and Sunday in Yakima was the last action this season for the U12 team after competing in three previous tournaments this season.

Comprised of a balance of new and veteran volleyball players, Bellamy said everyone on the team was able to upgrade their skills on the court after a season of work.

"I thought they did great," coach Jodi Bellamy said. "Everybody improved this year."

U16 team

One weekend earlier, the Goldendale U16 team rolled through the Pete Bell Memorial Tournament in Spokane en route to a first place finish among the 29 teams in attendance.

On Friday and Saturday at the Northwest Jamboree in Yakima, the team finished as one of the top teams after six pool-play games and advanced to the platinum bracket, but fell in the first round to team Shockwave.

"We had moments where we had good rallies," coach Jennifer Mitchell said. "We played tough. Played well."

Mitchell also said the team got off to a slow start in the first set against Shockwave and couldn't recover against the older team of high school freshmen and sophomores.

The U16 team and its seven girls have a few more chances to play before the season ends.

Up next is the Springfest Volleyball Tournament on Sunday in Selah featuring 24 U16 and U18 teams from around the area. Play starts Sunday at 8 a.m. at Selah High School.

After that is the Evergreen Region Volleyball Association Regional Tournament on April 20 and 21 in Spokane.

 

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