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September 9, 2009 > Spikefest sparks the season at Milpitas High

Spikefest sparks the season at Milpitas High

By Idorenyin Uto-Uko

Spectators of great volleyball were in for a sweet treat as the 23rd Annual Spikefest kicked off the season at Milpitas and Independence high schools. The early-season tournament always showcases some of the Bay Area's, and even the state's, top talent at the Trojan gym. With over 32 teams in five divisions, the event is never short on competition nor caliber.

Each team is guaranteed 10 matches at either one of the schools. The Trojans made the most being a host and beginning the competition on their home court for their first three games. They would play against Gunn, Castilleja and Hillsdale. The team beat Hillsdale convincingly behind the strong serving arm of senior setter Mary-Anne Cabelin.

"It was like they had a fire light under neath them," said MHS Coach Joan Marciano. "I think the team played well after their nerves settled a little."

The quad would play the remaining of their games at Independence against Westmont and Mt. Pleasant. In true combat form the Trojans battled the Westmont Warriors tooth and nail for ever point they could get. But the Trojans were able to solidify a victory by forcing the Warriors to side out or turnover the ball in the Trojans favor in crucial moments of the match. They would take the game, 25-25 and 25-19.

Unfortunately, the young ladies luck would run out when they faced the Cardinals of Mt. Pleasant. They looked a little tired as the Cardinals would soar over the Trojans, 25-13 and 25-6 in the loss.

Mariano asserts that this year's team has a lot of potential once the season starts and they begin to gel. Seniors "Triple AAA" or Asia Bracy, Ashley Andrews and Anastasia Hankins should be able to help the nine new juniors maximize the team's win total of 13 from last season.

The young Trojans would finish the Spikefest in 24th place with Archbishop Mitty taking home the overall championship title. The team will hit the hardwood as they continue to play at home for the next three games against Mount Pleasant, Silver Creek and Live Oak.

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