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Black Friday Volleyblog

November 26, 2010 - Brian Ferry
Congratulations to all of our county high school volleyball players, but to several in particular. The Region 4 all-stars were announced earlier this week. On that lists are several players from Warren, Youngsville, and Eisenhower (Sheffield is in a different region, Tidioute Community Charter and Warren County Christian schools play independent schedules): Laura Bello, Warren; Tessa Rehe, Warren; Anna Wenger, Warren; Alex Pellegrino, Warren; Savannah Grosch, Warren; Haley Gibson, Youngsville; Amber Fox, Youngsville; Lauren Blanco, Eisenhower; and Alli Blanco, Eisenhower. Just for the record, three of those names were once upon a time included on the Warren County Christian School's volleyball roster. (I happen to know that Christina Girard of WCCS was named to the NewPenn Christian Conference's all-star team. I'm not sure about Sheffield or Tidioute.) I believe I have seen all of the named players in action and can attest to their deserving recognition. Maybe the local teams get fired up for games against in-county rivals, but the matches I've seen have featured strong play. Volleyball is a fast-paced sport with a lot of things happening all the time. Spectators can enjoy it on levels from the very simple to highly complex. If you're looking for someone to root for, the county coaches do a fine job of teaching the game the right way. If you're looking for a sport you can learn a lot about, not many people know the deep ins and outs of volleyball. *Why, when the libero - that person in the different uniform - gave her a perfect pass off a hot jump serve, did the setter, who is in the front row, set the ball to a back row player?* Got a better way to spend a Tuesday evening in the fall? If you already know the ins and outs, there is a (probably nationwide) shortage of volleyball officials. What better way to spend a Tuesday evening in the fall than watching volleyball and making money for it?

In Warren County YMCA volleyball league action, Team Gone Fishin' is struggling to find the groove that led it to several consecutive league titles. Although our hopes are still high for a strong finish, GF stands in fourth place out of five teams with only two weeks remaining in pool play. Parity is good. My team losing is not. I'll continue to report, win or lose.


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