The St Rita Varsity Girl’s Volleyball Team shed some tears following their three game elimination in the elite eight of the CYO Playoffs. Those tears will gradually change to smiles as they remember what they have accomplished.
Without a doubt, they are the best volleyball team ever to play at St Rita. Out of about 140 teams that started the season, they finished in the top eight and came so close to making the final four.
Playing in Inglewood, in front of a legion of Raider fans, the girls put on quite a show. They thoroughly dominated St Lawrence Martyr (Redondo Beach) in the first game by a score of 25-9. That game was easily the best the girls have ever played as all parts of the game clicked. Great serves, outstanding passing and tremendous hitting left St Lawrence reeling.
In game two, St Lawrence changed defensive tactics to cope with the Raider hitters allowing them to keep the ball in play. The hard fought game ended in a St Lawrence 26-24 win. In game three, St Lawrence took command in the deciding 15 point game. They led 14-5 before the Raiders mounted a furious comeback. The score reached 14-13 before the ball struck the floor on the Raider side, ending the game and the season. But, what a wonderful season it was! Congratulations girls and thanks to the parents and friends who supported these girls all season. The girls truly typified what it is to be part of a Raider Team.
Thanks also to coaches Chris Gil and Ingrid Rose who set such a wonderful example for the girls. Thanks again to Andrea Bertollini, who in addition to her hard work as B coach, helped at so many varsity and JV practices and games.