This is part two of a four-part series that will conclude in the Aug. 18 issue.
In the last post, Rooney documented the opening day of the tournament for her team, 16-1 Jackie, which won two of its first three matches to start.
Day Two of Nationals
We played three very hard matches today. We had our ups and downs but fought hard.
As I mentioned earlier we have two girls on our team that have been out the majority of the season due to major surgeries that they had at the beginning. Jocelyn Mahayag who played D.S. (defensive specialist) for us last year had ACL reconstruction and her meniscus [knee] repaired after tryouts.
Logan Page had her labrum [shoulder] repaired before the season began.
Every athlete has to overcome smaller set backs like soreness, pain and occasionally an injury.
The way that I watched Logan and Jocelyn fight their ways back into the game inspires me so much. All of the rehab they went through and how hard they pushed themselves to come back on the court doing what they loved was amazing.
They have taught me a very important lesson. You have to play every point like it is your last because you don’t know if it will be. Watching Jocelyn and Logan yearn to be back on the court motivated all of us to fighting even harder to win.
Logan is still working her way back to 100 percent but has been able to play for the last couple of tournaments and Jocelyn just got cleared to play two weeks ago.
Logan had a great day today and came in at crucial moments to make a huge difference.
In our first game, we played First Alliance from Western Springs, Ill.
We fought hard in the first set and barely lost 25-22 and dropped the second set, 25-15 but Logan had a great block during that game.
Our second game was against the team that won the AAU National Championship last weekend, Legacy from Novi, Mich.
The first set was very tight and we fought very hard but ended up losing 33-31. In the second set one of our middle blockers, Taylor Svehla, had three kills and one block.
However, we ended up dropping the second set, 25-19. Our third game was against the Iowa Rockets from Iowa City, Iowa.
They were the dark horse of this tournament and ended up finishing second overall by the end of the week.
Emily Lehman, our D.S. for this contest, had six great digs against this team! We unfortunately lost the first set 25-15 and the second one 25-19.
Tomorrow, we’ll finish pool play at 9 a.m. and then will play at 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. for our challenge matches.