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May 11, 2012 > Men's Volleyball: James Logan defeats American

Men's Volleyball: James Logan defeats American

Submitted By Coach Steve Burmaster

May 9
Logan (3-1): 25-18, 27-25, 21-25, 25-20

Prior to the match, there was a wonderful outpouring of love toward Coach Eric Cruzada's family and the entire American High School volleyball family as people packed the gym to honor his memory. Following the free flowing tears by many in attendance as they remembered Coach Cruzada, there was also time spent to honor the seniors for both teams as well as the JLHS taking time to honor their parents for their continued support and love throughout their educational and athletic endeavors.

It was a wonderful time spent to share together the awesome memories that players and families have shared over the years as their sons have been student-athletes battled each other in the gym during matches and then shook hands and gave hugs following the matches. Even in the context of remembering and honoring Coach Cruzada that was filled with a time of joy and tears, it was a very special time and one that everyone in attendance will never forget.

As anticipated, the [James Logan] Colts and the [American] Eagles played a highly competitive match, with both teams displaying amazing defensive skills time and time again to extend rallies and bring the capacity crowd to its feet. The players were energized by the roar of the crowd after every single play and you could feel right away that this match was going to be something special... and it was.

It was awesome to see both teams be able to play at a very high level, with a lot of enthusiasm and team spirit as both teams truly honored the legacy Coach Eric Cruzada by playing with the same heart and charisma that he exuded as American High School's Boys' Varsity and Girls' JV Volleyball Coach.

There were tears in every one's eyes before and after the match, but there was also a lot of joy felt by everyone in attendance as they enjoyed a spectacular display of heart, skill, and power by both teams. The match tonight was reminiscent of previous JLHS vs. AHS matches over the years as both teams have grown to respect each other for their tenacity on the court and the love of volleyball that both programs express in the way that they play and cheer for their teammates.

Tonight was a wonderful way to honor Coach Cruzada. Although he would have wanted to win because of his competitive spirit, I can hear him saying to me after a match like this, 'Wow, your kids played great... thanks for the match coach.' In response, I am telling him the same thing tonight, 'Thanks Coach' and I would add, 'I have always respected you and the way that you have been able to bring out the best in your players and your team'... and, 'We gave our best for you tonight Coach... we are going to miss you!'

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