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Middle School Volleyball Game Highlights Weeks Three and Four

Teams Gear Up for Championships on October 27

October 21, Chipman at Lincoln

October 21, Chipman at Lincoln

October 21, Chipman at Lincoln

The Lincoln Lionesses out-pounced the Cougars today 2-0 (21-11, 21-17) and the Cougars took the co-ed win 2-0 (21-8, 22-20) in this final match before next Tuesday’s championships.

But more than volleyball was on the mind of the coaches. “The team have become more than about sports; they have created a real community,” said Lincoln’s Leah Wall. Added Chipman’s Frances Kahuanui-Johnson, “The life skills acquired by my Chipman Cougars are priceless.”

October 21, Chipman at Lincoln

October 19, Lincoln at Wood

October 21, Chipman at Lincoln

In a split, Lincoln won the girls match 2-1 (21-14, 15-21,15-8) while Wood had the co-ed win, 2-0 (21-7, 21-5).

October 21, Chipman at Lincoln

October 16, Wood at Chipman

October 21, Chipman at Lincoln

In the girls division, Wood continued its winning ways with a 2-0 win over the Chipman Cougars (21-13, 21-15).

In the co-ed division, the Cougars lost a little of their usual pounce, coming up short 1-2 (8-21, 21-18, 5-15). “We tried our best,” said Chipman’s Hilbert Elopre, but “We need to focus more on the court,” added Kalen Johnson. Said the Beaver’s Jordan Santa Maria, “We had a good practice before this game and it really pumped us up. We needed this one.”

October 21, Chipman at Lincoln

October 14, Lincoln at Chipman

October 21, Chipman at Lincoln

Lincoln and Chipman split the games today with Lincoln taking the girls match 2-0 (21-12, 21-14) and Chipman returning the favor in the co-ed division 2-0 (21-11, 21-13).

October 21, Chipman at Lincoln

Middle School Sports is a program of the Alameda Education Foundation and is supported completely by community donations. Middle school sports receive no funding from the district. More information can be found at www.alamedaeducationfoundation.org.

The Alameda Education Foundation’s (AEF) Middle School Volleyball Playoffs and Championships will take place on Tuesday, October 27th at Alameda High School. Playoffs begin at 3:45 p.m. between the number 2 and 3 seeds in both the girls and coed divisions. The Championships are expected to begin at approximately 6:00 p.m. and will pit the winners of the playoffs against the number one seeds in both divisions.

“The playoffs and championships should be very exciting,” noted AEF Athletic Director Vicki Sedlack. “It is amazing to see how the skills of these athletes have progressed over the season. Until two months ago, many of these students had never played volleyball. Now we’re seeing long rallies, powerful serves, and killer spikes,” Sedlack continued.

At the time of this writing, no one team in either division appears to be a shoe-in. Wood and Lincoln have been close in the girls division, while Chipman and Wood have been vying for coed wins, with Lincoln starting to get in position to challenge either team.

This is the first time Alameda public middle schools have had volleyball in a couple of years due to district budget shortfalls. “When middle school sports were cut two years ago, it was terrible,” says Wood coach Dave Stebbins. “So many kids were disappointed and it left a huge void in our school year. Having it back this year has really gotten the students, parents – even the teachers – ultra excited. There’s nothing like seeing teachers acting crazy on game days!”

The Island Volleyball Club men’s 18-U team players will offer an exhibition between the playoffs and championships at approximately 5:30 p.m. Several of these players compete at the Junior Olympic level. The team’s players have served as referees, line judges and score keepers during the middle school volleyball season.

Admission is $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for students with all proceeds supporting the Alameda Education Foundation’s Middle School Sports program. Children under 5 are free.

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