The 2016 volleyball season was a season to remember. All of us worked hard to become awesome team players and at the same time developed friendships that will last a long time. These valuable players are Rachyl Benavides, Marlaina Begaye, Chase Daniel, Kaylene King, Jannelle Jay, Anthony Dobie, Maddie Surette, Angadveer Singh Cheema, Pablo Luna and the coaches Mr. and Mrs. Matsumoto and Angelo. This team has come out with a great streak of 13-1. Yes, there have been sicknesses floating around, some causing teammates to miss games, but even through those hardships, we have had each other’s back from game 1. “We have played some great schools and great teams, but we have managed to come through and be the victors of either having a score of 25-9 or 27-25.” said Maddie Surette one of the team’s second year players. The first day of practice, well coach knew that most of us were great athletes, but we had never picked up a volleyball in our lives. Let’s just say an athletic work in progress. We did come through unlike the first day of practice. “I always teach the team how to do the basic thing of playing the sport of volleyball correctly, pass, set and spike. This team learned that quickly, so I asked for a bit more topspin on the ball. The team conquered that move too. So, I started asking the taller kids to start blocking. Sure enough not only did the taller kids grab that skill, also some of the shorter kids, something I never expected. We ended up teaching this team so many things, they were from all sorts of levels from elementary school to even some college drills and of course everything in between.” said our coach Mr. Matsumoto. Half way through the season, we had decided that we would take the team to Sheldon High for a tournament. Unfortunately, Rachyl could not make it because she had a soccer tournament to go to. We ended up pulling the win after three difficult games against Joseph Sims, Stone Lake and for the championship Herburger. We finished off the great season with back to back wins of three games against Union House and Castello.
We have been blessed with such amazing coaches. They have coached a great thirteen years. Though this was their last year coaching I do hope that you will come out to watch the Donner Dolphin games that will happen for many years to come. These coaches have taught the teams to play the game of volleyball correctly. Teaching the students to pass, set and attack. Thank you coaches, you will forever be one of the greatest coaches to ever coach at Elitha Donner Elementary School!!
“I had so much fun this season so shout outs to all my teammates for helping me out and supporting me because let’s just say I wasn’t the best.” said Rachyl.
Written by Maddie Surette with editorial help from John Gable.