By: Sahara Stevens, Talon Staff Reporter
October 10, Hood River Valley High School’s JV volleyball team competed in their first home tournament. HRV’s Junior Varsity volleyball team placed second in the tournament. HRV played against several local high school teams: Silverton, Pendleton, Hermiston, Milwaukie, Lincoln, and The Dalles High School.
In the first round, HRV played against Milwaukie High School and won 25-16 and 25-8. In the second round, HRV played against Hermiston. The scores were 25-20 and 25-23. HRV’s win against Hermiston advanced them to the third round. HRV won against Lincoln with a score of 25-10. The second score against Lincoln is undetermined. In the final round, HRV played against Silverton High School. Hood River Valley High School lost with a score of 13-25 and 15-25.
The team practiced everyday for weeks in preparation for the tournament. “We have had practices every day of the week and have been working together as a team,” stated sophomore Hannah McNerney. Sophomore Elexis McAllister stated, “We practice every day but I don’t know how well we will do in the tournament.” Several members of the team felt that they would be more comfortable competing because they would be at home. Sophomore Faith Smith recalled, “Some highlights of the season the team are becoming closer with each other. Not only do we play volleyball but we have become a family. We all get along super well.”
Not only was this past Saturday a big tournament for the JV Eagles, but it was also the day of the Homecoming Dance. “I’m glad that the home tournament is happening, but it’s hard to plan things not knowing how they will turn out,” said McAllister in response to how she feels having a tournament and a dance on the same day.
All of these practices, team work, and the bonding seemed to really play out and be helpful for the HRVJV Volleyball this weekend. They got second place in the tournament and have created even more success and highlights. They look forward to upcoming games and the end of the fall season.