Island sports: Middle school volleyball update
Before a spirited crowd of over 120 spectators, the Alameda Education Foundation’s Middle School Volleyball program was launched on October 2 in a highly competitive match between the Chipman Middle School Cougars and the Wood Middle School Beavers.
In the girls division, the visiting Beavers dammed a Cougar lead in the second game with a come-from-behind rally to secure the win, 2-0 (21-9, 22-20).
But the Chipman co-ed team turned the tables in their division, roaring to a 2-1 win over the Beavers (10-21, 21-13, 15-9).
The Wood Middle School Beavers hosted the Lincoln Middle School Lions on October 5 in the second game of the season. In a very close girls competition, the Beavers came from behind twice to take the win from the Lions, 2-1 (22-20, 21-23, 15-7).
“Layla Stebbins was our go-to girl today,” said Coach Dave Stebbins, “and Tara Pula had some really nice spikes.”
In the co-ed division, Wood took the win 2-0 (21-13, 21-11). “Kealii Pedro was a real leader today,” noted Stebbins, “and Lawanna Ve’e was just excellent as a setter.”
This was the first game of the season for Lincoln. “Cody Adams communicated really well with the team,” remarked Coach Leah Walls. Said manager Grace Friedman, “There was so much support from everyone today. Everybody just worked really hard and it was a lot of fun.”
The Middle School Volleyball program supports two teams from each middle school: a girls’ team and a co-ed team. Lincoln, Wood and Chipman are playing volleyball for the first time in over two years thanks to the Alameda Education Foundation. “I don’t know if people realize that the middle schools haven’t had sports for a couple years,” said Stebbins. “It makes such a big difference to our kids to have it back, thanks to the Alameda Education Foundation.”
Middle School Sports is a program of the Alameda Education Foundation and is completely supported by community donations. More information can be found at www.alamedaeducationfoundation.org.