Pierce Volleyball Team capped off its 2016 season on Sunday (December 4) with a trip to the State Finals after defeating two very good teams in Sierra College (Northern California) 3-0 and an epic semi final match against El Camino College (Southern California) that went the distance with the Brahmas finishing on top 3-2. Fresno City College was the team we played in the finals. Fresno City was good, they had three top D1-caliber players on that floor and beat us. We could not get aces like we normally do, and when we got the setter off the net, their system was good and their hitters found the floor. A 6-2 offense with two D1 opposites and the best OH in the state in #4 that we simply could not block nor dig. They won the serving and passing battle which is something we did well all year and beat our opponents with.
After losing three players to season-ending injuries (Kristen, Shari, and lastly our leading blocker Shanon), we had to overcome adversity. Most teams will crumble when faced with such hurdles. Our team did the opposite.....we became more resilient, played with high intensity and passion, and fought like champions. Not too many people can say they got to the final dance and won 30 matches. Our Sophomores are leaving the program having won 60 matches and losing only 6, winners of two conferences, and a trip to the State Finals two years in a row. It is all about the journey and we can most definitely and enthusiastically say that this has been a great and wonderful journey.
Yesterday was nothing more than one volleyball match....It doesn't define one's season or one's character. We lost fair and square. Seeing 'true Brahmas' talk the talk and living it is what is important. It hurts to lose two finals in a row, but the bigger picture is a lot more important than that. Our team was indeed a very special group. Not only are they talented, but they are good people with high moral ethics and a worth ethic that is second to none. We are honored to have them as Brahmas.
This morning, there was an article about our match last night in the Daily News, click on this link: Daily News Article - Pierce Volleyball
Hayley Alvarez, when interviewed by the reporter, expressed her pride in the team's ability to uphold “the standards of the program.” It’s such an honor to see players refer to our program that way. This means that the players have truly come to realize that they are part of something bigger than themselves here in the program. Something that they will be proud of throughout their lives. That is a great victory.