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August 19, 2009 > Volleyball teams visions vary for the season

Volleyball teams visions vary for the season

By Idorenyin Uto-Uko

The girls volleyball teams at Fremont Christian, Milpitas and California School of the Deaf each have a vision for their team and how they will place for the 2009 season.

CSD had perhaps the most successful season of the three teams. With a 20-13 overall record and 11-1 in league the Eagles flew high behind the strong-armed hitting ace of Arica Jones. Jones, a 2009 graduate will be greatly missed by her teammates. She was one of the top hitters in the North Coast Section with over 300 kills and 87 blocks. The team also lost seven seniors including Jones form last year's squad.

But Coach Karina Pedersen should not be worried to much about her reigning Bay County League Champion team. She returns seniors Vila Farr, Nha Kim, Samantha Hyland and Rachelle Richardson. Richardson should be key in the success of the team. She ranked tops amongst North Coast leaders in kills with 97 in 2008. With Richardson's leadership skills, and experience of sophomores Maglage Leldance and Alexandria Brinkley, the Eagles should be flying high again in the NCS Division V.

Fremont Christian didn't have as a successful season as they would have liked. But they were able to finish 1-9 overall and 1-3 in league competition. Their only win came against a strong team from Cornerstone Christian (14-11, 6-6). They ended up beating CCS convincingly, 3-1. Even though the Warriors won only one game they were able to finish in fourth place in their seven team Bay County League. If the Warriors play the way they did against CCS they should have a strong chance of finishing the 2009 season in the top three.

Milpitas had a rough season in 2008 (13-18, 5-5). Just as their mascot, the Trojans were in utter warfare towards the end of the season. The team hit a five game losing streak before beating Wilcox in their El Camino Divisional final. Fortunately, coach Jeff Lamb's team was able to place fourth in the competitive San Clara Valley Athletic League and was granted a #7 seed in the Central Coast Section playoffs. They ended up losing in the first round to eventual state finalist Homestead High.

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