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Player of the Week
Week one of the season included a scrimmage where scores are not kept and the SLO Town Tourney, where ACHS started with a very respectable 5-1 record losing in the Quarter Finals to the eventual 2nd place team of the 34-team tourney.All volleyball coaches talk about the fact, "It all starts with the pass," and our passing was superb in SLO, led by our Libero, Sam Murphy. Along with the other passers being on target, made it much easier to run our offense.
Week two included two five-game matches against Oaks Christian and Agoura. Losing the match vs. Oaks was disappointing, but not not nearly as much as suffering our team's 4th injury of the season, losing yet another outside hitter - the very successful Hannah Kimball, who already had 16 kills before leaving the match in the 4th set.At lunch the next day, the captains and coach told Jenna White she would be playing Varsity for at least the period of time we were without two injured outsides. It was obvious Jenna was nervous (I think her parents were more nervous during the match), but the team embraced her, calmed her and encouraged her as she put her first attempt down for a solid kill. She followed this with a total of 15 kills for an amazing .500 kill percentage. She was named to the Ventura Cougar Classic 1st Team All-Tournament along with OH and Captain Noelle Berry and Tournament MVP Captain Dani Helland.This team has already proven they get along well together, play great together, and win together! While every player needs to play well for this team to win, Jenna is player of the week for overcoming nervousness and helping the team to a Tournament Championship.
Dani is a 3-Year Varsity Player, starting setter for her 2nd season, and Co-Captain. She's smart on the court as well as athletically talented. She could probably be Player of The Week candidate every week of the season, but this week was particularly special. After losing to Hart 0-2 in the summer, Dani proved her team had improved by leading to a 3-1 victory over Hart on Thursday. She did this by dishing out 33 assists, hitting 7 kills and 5 aces, putting 7 passes, 3 digs, and 5 saves on target, and collecting 2 stuffed blocks.
Erin demonstrates the attitude every coach wants from their players. As a DS, she has among an excellent passing percentage at .677. When in the games, she gives 100% and when on the bench gives even more. She has showed great dedication to the success of the team, desire to compete, and maturity in her role on the team.
Jo has done an outstanding job as Opp/Setter. She's hitting at an awesome percentage of .309, passing .662, and puts balls on target for her hitters vey efficiently. She helped in one of the biggest wins of the season against Oxnard with 9 kills and 2 aces!
Noelle is another palyer that can/will be PoW candidate every week of the season. However, as the Scorps have entered league play, she's stepped up her game even more. She's showed leadership as a Co-Captain and led the team in passing and kills. In the close match against arch-rival Oxnard, she put away a career-best 23 kills and 8 in a set. She is hitting an outstanding .392 for the season!
Nicole is one of the Team Captains for good reason - she is a confident, consistent, smart player who is a good leader for her teammates and extension of the coach on the court. She's a good all-around player, is a strong presence at the net playing middle, has a tough serve, and can pass exceptionally well (particularly for a middle). This week she proved why she's been the #1 middle all season leading the team with a career-high 5 blocks to go along with 6 kills. Without her game-changing blocks, the Scorps would have been in danger of losing a close match with cross-town rival Rio Mesa.