By Amelia Choi

The 8th Grade Pin Oak Lady Chargers once again wowed us all by taking second place in the 2017 Annual Bellaire Tournament last month on September 30th. Despite cutting the season short this year, the team conquered their obstacles like champs and showed up to the tournament ready to fight.

The Lady Chargers entered the Classic Division, facing their first opponents in pool play, where they played one set to 25 points. The girls, led by Coach Fredericks, dominated both Hartman Middle School and Homeschool Christian Youth Academy, with scores of 25-5 and 25-13. Unfortunately, though, they lost a close game against Annunciation Orthodox School, losing with the score of 23-25.

Because the volleyball team won two of the three games they played, they advanced to bracket play, where they played 2 sets to 25 points. The Lady Chargers defeated Briarmeadow, 25-9, in the first set and 25-11 in the second. With scores of 26-24 and 25-22, the team advanced to the championships in the Gold Bracket, against Duchesne Middle School.

Duchesne lead in the beginning of the first set, but with the Chargers’ dominant serves, the team tied up the game, 17-17. Sadly, though, they couldn’t catch up with Duchesne, losing with a nail-biting score of 29-30. In the second set, the Lady Chargers dominated in the beginning, leading 8-3. However, Duchesne took over, Pin Oak trailing just behind them, the score being 22-23. After Duchesne served up two powerful serves, the Lady Chargers lost with a devastating score of 22-25.

After the game, the Lady Chargers team captain, Nylah Raspberry, was awarded the select elite tournament team from the Bellaire high school coach for playing especially hard during all the games. She played phenomenally well at the tournament and she truly deserved the award. Way to go Nylah!

Despite the loss against the worthy opponents from Duchesne, the Pin Oak Lady Chargers made us all very proud supporters. “We have gotten so much better through this amazing experience and are stronger than ever to face any team that comes our way!” Camille Walker stated confidently, shortly after the tournament had ended. After seeing the team’s incredible playing at Bellaire, we cannot wait to see what’s to come for this year’s Pin Oak 8th grade volleyball team.