Girls 7th Grade Volleyball Test Intermediate · Knights turn out the lights on Tiger cubs

2 Northeastern High School
1 Richmond High School
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Northeastern High School vs Richmond High School
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1 6   25
2 25   23
3 15   11
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An effective team is more than a pool of talent. It is the chemistry that exists between teammates. It is the ability to capitalize on individual’s strengths and minimalize individual weaknesses. When team chemistry is right, it is observable, it is an intangible concept that all successful teams strive to achieve. When it is present, the game is easy. When it disappears, the game becomes very difficult. Consequently, the most skilled does not always win. Such was the case in Monday’s match up with the Northeastern Knights.
For the Tigers, game one was an exemplary display of fundamental volleyball and team chemistry gone right. Aggressive serving set the tone for the opening game with the Tigers exploding to an 11-1 lead. Ariana Santos-Mendoza served ace after ace to begin the domination. Two rotations later, Rylie Kidd finished the game serving the final twelve points of the set giving the junior Tigers a commanding 25-6 first set win. Consistent serving and accurate passing produced the quick, dominating victory.
Game two evolved into a knockdown, drag out brawl. Both teams served well with the receiving teams being up to the challenge. Points only came one or two at a time. A five point run by Northeastern put the Knights up 10-5 and the visitors maintained that lead. At 13-8, Ariana returned to the game and served up four to get Test back into contention. The game continued to go back and forth, one point at a time until the Knights broke away with a four point run putting them in control at 21-15. Two rotations later, with the score 23-19, Abby Nessesary went back to serve. Point followed point. The Tigers began clawing their way back into the game and at the end of Abby’s serving the game was scary close at 24-23 in the Knight’s favor. In anticlimactic fashion for the Tigers, a reception error ended game at 25-23 setting up the decisive tie breaker.
Game three was a reflection of the second set. Points were earned one at a time. The energy level on the court was electric, the tension high and the excitement level in the crowd was explosive. In the game to 15, each point was celebrated on the court and in the stands. With the score knotted at 11-11, Northeastern said good Knight and served the final four points of the set giving the young Tigers their first loss of the season. This makes the 7th grade Tigers 4-1 for the season. Next up for the Tigers is the Dennis Bulldogs in the Tiernan Center. Come out, support and enjoy the future stars of Richmond volleyball.